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Rain Cancels Chanukah in the City

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Rain Cancels Chanukah in the City

20 December 2009

While many Melbournians were pleased to see a torrential downpour on the afternoon and evening of 17 December, the Jewish Community Council of Victoria was forced to cancel its annual ‘Chanukah in the City’ celebration for the first time in its ten‐year history.

While many Melbournians were pleased to see a torrential downpour on the afternoon and evening of 17 December, the Jewish Community Council of Victoria was forced to cancel its annual ‘Chanukah in the City’ celebration for the first time in its ten‐year history.

According to JCCV president John Searle, there were many disappointed faces when Federation Square management refused to allow the event to take place due to the potential danger from using electrical equipment in the wet conditions.

“’Chanukah in the City’ has become an institution in Melbourne during the past decade”, Searle said. “The crowds have grown every year and this year we had two special acts, the iconic Renee Geyer and Troy Sussman who has appeared in many major commercial musical theatre productions, including Phantom of the Opera, Hair and Les Miserables.”

“Many people were prepared to endure the terrible weather for performers of this calibre on the tenth anniversary of ‘Chanukah in the City’”, Searle continued, “but obviously public safety had to take precedence. Unfortunately those who turned up a little later for the lighting of the Menorah were unhappy to find an empty Federation Square, but we did our best to inform the community by ensuring that there was notification of the cancellation on the screen. Now let’s hope that despite climate change we’ll have perfect weather permitting a bigger and better event in 2010.”

For further information contact Geoffrey Zygier on 03 9272 5579

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