Candles and candlelight have always played a part in all religious ceremonies worldwide. Whether long tapers, or tea lights for curbside memorials, the glow from a candle always evokes a sacred event and a time for reflection.
December for Jews and African Americans brings Chanukah (Festival of Lights) and Kwanza. The eight candles of Chanukah symbolize a miracle, steeped in history of the freedom-fighting Maccabees. The seven candles of Kwanza convey the Seven Principles.
During Chanukah this month, the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Federation, American Jewish Committee teamed up with a coalition of over 60 American and Canadian Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and corporations to raise awareness about antisemitism.
The "Shine A Light" initiative seeks to illuminate this critical pressing issue and dispel the darkness of HATE. On the third night of Chanukah, community leaders, interfaith partners, and civic leaders gathered at Love Park in Philadelphia for a candle lighting. Read More »