Yom Chamishi, 13 AdarI 5781
Ta anith Esther Thursday, 25 February 2021
LJ Officer Gillian Merron Addresses Chanukah in the Square

Liberal Judaism's Officer, former Government minister, and Lincolnshire Jewish Community member, Gillian Merron, joined Boris Johnson and Orthodox Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in addressing over 5,000 people at Chanukah in the Square in London on Thursday 28th November.

Gillian gave voice to the Jewish community's pride in being part of the "rich tapestry of life in London and across the UK." You can hear the rest of her speech, as well as watch highlights from Chanukah in the Square, below.

This year's Chanukah in the Square, which takes place in Trafalgar Square, featured Europe's largest ever menorah, and was organised by the Jewish Leadership Council, the London Jewish Forum and Chabad-Lubavitch UK, and supported by the Mayor of London. For more photos and information about Chanukah in the Square, visit the Jewish News website.

Reflecting on the event, Gillian said: "It was a true honour, and a pleasure, to be such a part of such a wonderful occasion to light the fabulous menorah in Trafalgar Square. My late parents could never have dreamt that it would be possible for their daughter to speak up for the Jewish community as a Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council, alongside  the Mayor of London and the Orthodox Chief Rabbi. I know that it has become possible, because of the 'home' and support that Liberal Judaism and my Lincoln community give to me."

Gillian was speaking as Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), of which Liberal Judaism is a constituent member. Our chairman, Lucian J. Hudson, serves on the JLC Council of Membership.