by Lisa Libin, Adam Silver and Chabad Lubavitch Rabbi Menachem & Rochel Matusof
(Calgary) – It is with tremendous hurt and disappointment that we learned last night in a statement by Mayor Gondek, that she has withdrawn her attendance and participation in our annual candle lighting event at City Hall on Dec. 7 because it is in her words, “an event to support Israel.”
As always, and particularly at this time, our community does not waver in our support of Israel, nor will our community forget that 140 Israeli hostages still remain in captivity. Our yearning for peace in Israel and Gaza does not run counter to our support of Eretz Israel, but rather are inextricably linked.
We will issue a formal statement in response to the Mayor’s decision. In the meantime, we hope you will join us in record numbers on Dec. 7 to remind the Mayor and our Calgary community that we continue lighting candles in the midst of darkness – and we do so with strength and hope for a peaceful future.
Am Yisrael Chai – Chag Chanukah Sameach!
Lisa Libin, President, Calgary Jewish Federation
Adam Silver, CEO, Calgary Jewish Federation
Rabbi Menachem & Rochel Matusof, Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta