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Bnei Akiva Lights Up Chanukah in Scandinavia

World Bnei Akiva emissaries have made sure the Festival of Light warms and brightens even the most isolated Jewish community in Scandinavia.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 12/6/2010, 7:44 PM / Last Update: 12/6/2010, 9:29 PM

World Bnei Akiva movement

The light of Chanukah this year will shine especially bright in the ice-cold Nordic climes of Scandinavia as World Bnei Akiva emissaries perform for Jewish children and their families.

Delegations have been sent to various communities in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, according to Yonatan Schimmel, central Scandinavia emissary of the World Bnei Akiva and and World Zionist Organization. “The purpose of this year's show is to complete a small but substantial part of celebrating Chanukah – bringing the Israeli spirit, enthusiasm and the unique Jewish spark which Bnei Akiva is known for,” he explained.

“During the 'Chanukah Caravan' we are not only performing for children and Jewish communities, but will also sing and dance in nursing homes for elderly Jews who have been waiting an entire year for this moment, to sing Jewish songs, light candles and to fully connect even for a short moment with the Jewish people through our Israeli shlichim.”

The movement conducted similar Chanukah outreach programs by emissaries in Berlin, Germany and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as well.

In Los Angeles, Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon was scheduled to be the guest of honor Tuesday of the local Bnei Akiva at the main event for its 'Israeli Heroism' Week. Ya'alon will also meet 1,000 Jewish LA teens and answer questions about leadership and his service as IDF chief of staff.