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Chanukah: To persist is to resist

By Debbie Danon


As a wise activist friend of mine says, ‘To persist is to resist.’


So despite the news of antisemitic attacks down the road in Hampstead and in New York, at our new community Makor Hayim, 18 adults, 2 babies and a dog came together. To kindle lights that pierce the winter night, to sing songs of miracles and resisting tyranny, and to learn Torah. Not to mention eating some very fine latkes with apple sauce. In other words, to persist.


I find myself feeling both scared and hopeful this end of Chanukah. Most of all I feel so lucky to be building a thriving Jewish community dedicated to living our Jewish values out loud, a vulnerable but essential endeavour in these precarious times.


Chag sameach to all who are celebrating. Keep your inner lights burning and stay safe.


With huge thanks to Anne K, Isaac and Reuben for hosting.





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Location - Willesden Green and the surrounding North West Jubilee line area

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