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Daily Israel Report

Bnei Akiva Changes Climate in Denmark with ‘Light of Chanukah’

Bnei Akiva is using Chanukah lights to change the climate in Denmark, where world leaders are discussing global environmental dangers.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/9/2009, 2:24 PM / Last Update: 12/9/2009, 2:31 PM

Bnei Akiva

Bnei Akiva’s Israeli branch launched the annual “Chanukah Caravan in Copenhagen on Wednesday, where global leaders are meeting to discuss global environment dangers. Israeli emissaries are staging and performing several shows in Copenhagen and elsewhere in the country before moving on to Denmark, Finland and Norway next week.                                                                                                                      

“The caravan brings the Israeli spirit of Chanukah to hundreds of Jewish children and families across Scandinavia," according to Aryeh Jacobson, central emissary to Scandinavia of the Jewish Agency, World Zionist Organization and World Bnei Akiva. "Through the Israeli music and holiday stories, the community members can identify with Chanukah in a fun and meaningful way.”

The Caravan shows are changed to suit the audience, Bnei Akiva spokesman Tzvika Klein told Arutz 7. The shows are staged at Jewish day schools, colleges and also at old age homes and include games and an original musical about the miracles of Chanukah, accompanied by the Israeli Mashiv HaRuach band.

The anti-Semitic climate in Scandinavia is not favorable to Jews. Klein said that the Bnei Akiva delegates have been told to keep a “low profile” when outdoors and not display any signs of being Jewish, including the wearing of a kippa, the head covering worn by observant Jews.