Tag Archives: Chanukah

Public Chanukah Menorah

Every year, in the gardens of Piazza Bologna, a giant Chanukah Menorah is lit each night at 8 pm, on friday at 3 pm.

The first Saturday night of Chanukah a big party takes place, details and a list of the lightings is available at the Event section.

Some history…

In 2010 for the first time a public Menorah was on display in Piazza Bologna for one night. The lighting was accompanied by a large crowd, doughnuts, music, etc… and the presidents of the local synagogues. The idea came from Rabbi Itzchok Hazan, the Head Shliach of Chabad in Rome, how encouraged Rabbi Lazar to pursue the project. Guido Capraro, a councilor in the local municipality gave full support and after being invited to the main lighting in Piazza Barberini to the 20 feet candelabra, he requested that a large Menorah should be on display for the eight days of Chanukah also in Piazza Bologna.

Fast forward two year, in 2012, a modern Menorah built by Carlo Carbini of FEMA s.r.l. and donated by Mr. Elio Tesciuba in memory of his later mother, Rachel Tesciuba z”l, was erected in Piazza Bologna, the inauguration was honored also by the president of the local municipality.

For more info on the event of this year (2016-5777) click here

Who Wants to be a Millionaire at the Chanukah Party

Tens of foreign students studying in Rome joined the Chanukah Party israeli style with Pita and Falafel served while the doughnut and the latkes were frying.

After the initial mingling and eating the students divided in four teams and played “Who wants to be a millionaire” the Chanukah version. The competition was tight but the green team prevailed.

At the conclusion of the party each participant was able to take a home a Chanukah Menorah with candles and a Kosher chicken for Shabbat!

Distribuition of Chanukiot

The Mitzvah of the holiday of Chanukah is that each house should have it’s own Chanukah Menorah or Chanukiah lit each night, Chabad offers them complete with candles to tens of households, tourists and students each Chanukah holiday.