This Chanukah, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has launched a “Virtual Candle-Lighting for Unity and Hope” that is nearing its goal of reaching 50,000 candles (and messages).
The campaign gives individuals an opportunity to “light” a virtual candle from anywhere in the world and share a message of unity and hope with Jews around the world.
“In the midst of challenging times both in Israel and internationally, Chanukah—“the Festival of Lights”—takes on a profound significance as more than ever before, we look to the holiday as a symbol of hope and endurance,” said Oron Shagrir, vice president for International Affairs. “We watch with concern the escalating tensions and alienation that Jewish students are experiencing on some college campuses. This campaign is an opportunity to express our solidarity from Jerusalem to the world.”
The campaign invites individuals everywhere to light a candle and post messages of support on each of the eight nights of Chanukah via a dedicated website. Participants are also encouraged to post pictures on social media of themselves lighting a real candle on social media, using the hashtags #TogetherWeShineBrighter and #HebrewUniversity.
The campaign began on a small scale once the first candle was lit and has gradually grown larger with each day, ultimately spreading the brightest light on Dec. 14, the last night of Chanukah. The university expects to collect more than 50,000 “candles” from around the world.
“Chanukah—a time to find light in the darkest moments—reminds us that despite challenges, there’s optimism and a collective belief in a better tomorrow,” added Shagrir. “At Hebrew University, through academia, innovation, and true diversity, we strive to share our vision for a brighter tomorrow globally.”
“At Hebrew University,” he continued, “we illuminate the world through academia and innovation and share our message of light to advance a brighter tomorrow. Please join us from Jerusalem as we stand together on this festival of lights so we may shine brighter, as one.”
To add a virtual candle and message to the world, visit: https://tinyurl.com/n4npp6j6.