The Hampton Synagogue and the Synagogue in Bahrain joined together in historic solidarity to participate in the March of the Living’s “Let There Be Light” campaign where synagogues around the world illuminated their buildings to commemorate of Kristallnacht. The two synagogues kept their lights on during the evening of November 9 as a symbol of mutual commitment in the shared battle against contemporary anti-Semitism, racism, hatred and intolerance.

“As the only indigenous Jewish community in the Gulf, it’s incredibly meaningful and impactful to have the synagogue in Manama partner with us,” said The Hampton Synagogue Founding Senior Rabbi Marc Schneier. “This is far more than symbolic, this is truly an opportunity for the Jews of Bahrain to join with their brethren around the world in this commemoration. Kristallnacht is a commemoration of the destruction of Jewish communities and today, the Jewish community of Bahrain represents just the opposite – a community which is in the process of enhancing its synagogue and growing its Jewish community.”

“We were humbled to participate in this global commemoration,” said the head of Bahrain’s Jewish community Ebrahim Nonoo. “We thank the March of the Living and Rabbi Schneier for their invitation and support to join this event that is so important to Jews all over the world.”

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