Vitaliy Klitschko, the Mayor of Kiev, and Oleg Vyshniakov, the Honorary Consul of Israel in Western region of Ukraine, lit the Chanukiah in the Mariinsky Park on 23rd of December

A ceremony of lighting the last candle was held under the patronage of Association of Jewish Communities in Kiev on 23rd of December at 18.30.

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple. This holiday dates back to II century B.C. A new branch of Chanukiah is lit on each night of Hanukkah. The ninth holder, called the shamash (שמש – ‘servant’), is for a candle used to light all other candles.

The ceremony was attended by Vitaliy Klitschko, the Mayor of Kiev, Oleg Vyshniakov, the Honorary Consul of Israel in Western region of Ukraine, Jonathan Markovich, the Chief rabbi, Shmuel Polishchuk, the head of the Liaison Bureau of the Russian-speaking Jewish Diaspora “Nativ”, as well as politicians, diplomats and businessmen from both Israel and Ukraine.

The Mayor of Kiev and the Honorary Consul addressed the audience with welcoming speeches. According to both politicians, an active cooperation with friendly countries, especially with Israel, is important more than ever, since Ukraine is going through tough times. In his speech, the Honorary Consul stressed that he will make all but impossible to increase cooperation between Ukraine and Israel in various fields.