An illuminated Christmas tree on the Alster river shines in front of the Christmas market in Hamburg, Germany.
(photo credit: FABIAN BIMMER / REUTERS)
At its peak, in the early 1800's Hamburg boasted the largest Jewish community in Germany. Of course, the devastating events in the 20th century nearly destroyed that vibrant community.
Today as a testament the revival of Jewish life in Europe, the German port city is now home to roughly 3,000 Jews. According to the Museum of the Jewish People, Hamburg has one "synagogue, the Hohe Weide Synagogue, one kindergarten, the Ronald Lauder Jewish Kindergarten, and kosher food was sold by one man, Shlomo Almagor, a native of Israel."
The Jerusalem Post and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs are broadcasting the lighting of the seventh Hanukkah candle live from this city as part of our special holiday project that demonstrates that the Jewish flame is alive all over the world and cannot be extinguished.