For the third year in a row, the Rabbinical Centre of Europe has sent a huge shipment of menorahs to Europe. This year, an unprecedented 100,000 menorahs with candles were distributed to Jewish communities. The package also contained a dreidel and a leaflet describing the laws and customs of the holiday in English, French, German, Russian and Hebrew.
The project was supervised by the RCE Deputy Director-General, Rabbi Yosef Bainhaker, together with the director of the BASSAD organization, Rabbi Yehuda Reichman. The packing and sending is done from a huge logistics center in Belgium.
Upon arrival, the menorahs are distributed by shluchim and rabbis of the RCE and EJA, who work together in Europe throughout the year.
RCE’s Director General Rabbi Arie Goldberg said: ” Just as we have been dealing with the Jewish needs of European Jews throughout the year, so now, as Chanukah approaches, we have provided one hundred thousand menorahs that will illuminate the darkness in Europe.”
RCE Chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin said: “Despite the many difficulties involved in this preparation, we did our best to ensure that as many Jews as possible, in the most remote places, would be able to observe the significant mitzvah of lighting the Chanukah candles.