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Are you cool enough to tackle the fire walk challenge?

24 November, 2017

• CHABAD Islington warmly invites readers to the 7th annual Islington Menorah Lighting, a free celebration for the whole community to mark Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights.

It takes place at Islington Green from 5-7pm on Sunday, December 17.

You can witness the ceremony of lighting the nine-branch Menorah, hear the excellent London Klezmer Quartet, sing traditional songs, and indulge in free savoury and sweet treats: doughnuts, hot cocoa and a variety of latkes, traditional potato pancakes of various flavours provided by Adafina/1070 Kitchen.

The evening will feature plenty of free entertainment for all ages, from a children’s activities tent and storytelling to spectacular fire performances.

This year’s edition is made particularly special by the fire walk challenge, a charity fundraiser where participants will be able to prove the strength of their character by walking barefoot on burning embers while raising funds for Chabad Islington.

To find out more and to take part go to

Last year’s celebrations attracted a record crowd of 750 people, bringing together Jewish and non-Jewish members of the community, as well as dignitaries and politicians, including MPs Emily Thornberry and Jeremy Corbyn.

The Islington Menorah Lighting is supported by Islington Council. Please join in and invite friends to our flagship event, celebrating seven wonderful years on Upper Street, Islington. The event is free and open to all.



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