Chabad to Launch Hanukkah Initiatives in 80 Countries

A general view of the Bolshoi Theatre and huge Menorah during Hanukkah celebrations in Moscow, Russia, December 2011; courtesy Chabad.org.

A general view of the Bolshoi Theatre and huge Menorah during Hanukkah celebrations in Moscow, Russia, December 2011; courtesy Chabad.org.

Through Hanukkah ad campaigns, menorah distributions, and centrally placed public menorahs in more than 80 countries, Chabad-Lubavitch hopes to reach 8 million Jews over the holiday. Chabad-Lubavitch officials say plans are underway to distribute 2.5 million holiday guides (in 13 languages), 7 million menorahs and 30.8 million candles.

Hanukkah family events are planned at high-traffic places like shopping centers across the United States and Canada, as well as at sporting events. In Israel, 1,250 large menorahs will be erected in city centers, and 1,400 menorah-topped cars will travel the roads throughout the country.

In France, Hanukkah ads will be placed in the four national newspapers, as well as ads on 500 billboards throughout Paris.

Thousands of large and small Hanukkah events are scheduled around the world. Large public menorah lightings will take place in front of the White House, at the Kremlin, the Brandenburg Gate and at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, as well as many lesser-known sites and community centers across the United States and around the globe.

A listing of events from around the world will be featured on http://www.Chabad.org/Hanukkah. The site hosts the world’s largest Hanukkah events directory, with new events being added constantly.

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