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More than 700 Gather in Manhattan for Hanukkah to Light Candles for Ceasefire

More than 700 people gathered in Columbus Circle in Manhattan, NY on the first night of Hanukkah to light candles and call for a ceasefire in Gaza on December 7, 2023. 

An event organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, IfNotNow, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and other groups, the two hour event featured speeches and prayers from activists, rabbis and politicians who denounced Israeli aggression on Gaza which has killed more than 17,000 people. 

The centerpiece menorah itself stood at 14 feet high emblazoned with “ceasefire.” Organizers also passed out a song sheet and the crowd sang along with the traditional Hanukkah hymns about peace and healing.

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