Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Statement from New Democrat Leader Jack Layton on the start of Hanukkah Celebrations
Hanukkah begins at sundown tonight and it is an eight-night holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem thousands of years ago.

On behalf of New Democrats across Canada I wish you a Hanukkah filled with joy and hope for a bright future.

Hanukkah is a time for remembering the blessings that we have and the accomplishments of those who came before us. It is a time to remind ourselves of challenges to overcome, to renew our commitment to the beliefs we hold dear, and to re-affirm our commitment to a better world for all.

Spending time with loved ones over this holiday season is one of the greatest gifts that the Festival of Lights affords us. I sincerely hope that everyone sharing in this celebration will enjoy moments with friends and family that create precious memories for years to come.

As you come together to mark Hanukkah, I extend my best wishes to you and family. May this be the beginning of a happy Hanukkah.