Please accept my heartfelt good wishes to you and your families for a Happy Hanukkah.
The word “Hanukkah” is derived from the Hebrew word for dedication, referencing the Maccabees’ rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The World Jewish Congress is dedicated to fostering unity among the Jewish people around the world, and to ensuring the preservation and development of our precious cultural, spiritual, and social heritage.
Even as we and our communities struggle against a disturbing rise in antisemitism, we hope that the Festival of Light will illuminate your homes with happiness and joy and that you are able to celebrate with your loved ones and friends and draw inspiration from the Hanukkah story.
Ronald S. Lauder
World Jewish Congress