Trees and roots

Taking a look at how some Israelis in Germany preserve – and adapt – their holiday traditions in a non-Jewish environment.

December 22, 2016 19:32

An illuminated Christmas tree is pictured in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, last month. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A few weeks ago, a long time before the latest brutal attack in Berlin, the Cohen family from Tel Aviv installed a Hanukka tree for the very first time.

Having relocated to the German capital about four months ago for work, Gabi Cohen and his wife, Or, decided this year they would engage in a practice they know to be more common in the United States, where it’s known as the Hanukka “bush.”


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