The Russian Jewish community of Ottawa celebrated Chanukah this past Sunday, December 1 with a grand parade. Eleven vehicles including a limousine decorated with illuminated Menorahs paraded from Kanata Centrum to Parliament Hill.
The parade was kicked off with the lighting of a giant six- foot tall menorah which was on the back of a pick-up truck, one of the vehicles in the parade. City Councillior Marianne Wilkinson assisted in the lighting ceremony.
“This public celebration is particularly poignant to the older immigrants who were raised in the former Soviet Union without the freedom to express their religion,” said the event organizer Rabbi Michoel Gershzon, the director of Acheinu Organization which serves the Russian Jewish Community of Ottawa with communal, charitable and religious activities.