Menorah lighting outside Tesco in Shenley Road in Borehamwood

Borehamwood Times: Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Clive Butchins lights the menorah Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Clive Butchins lights the menorah

Hundreds of people gathered outside a supermarket to celebrate the Jewish festival of lights.

The sound of Chanukah music filled the air and children devoured doughnuts and chocolate coins as a menorah was lit outside Tesco in Shenley Road in Borehamwood.

Rabbi Rafi Garson of the Ohr Yisrael Synogogue in Theobald Street lit the first candle of the menorah.

The town Mayor, Clive Butchins lit the second and Paul Morris, Mayor of Hertsmere the third and fourth candles.

Borehamwood South County Councillor Rabbi Alan Plancey gave a short speech saying how when it comes to good deeds "Every Little Helps".

The event was organised by the Chabad of Borehamwod and Elstree and was attended by the local synagogues.

Rabbi Chaim Hoch said: “The menorah lighting was an inspirational event, bringing together members from different factions of the Borehamwood and Elstree community.”

Cllr Butchins added: “The menorah lighting event was wonderful and it was a privilege to be invited to take part.”

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11:23am Wed 4 Dec 13

mr.taxpayer says...

So when will Tesco's be putting up a huge Christian cross to celebrate Christmas??

All this coverage of 'chanukah' and 'menorahs' makes me think all of a sudden we live in Israel.

We all know there is a growing jewish population in Borehamwood, but they are not the ONLY people here.
So when will Tesco's be putting up a huge Christian cross to celebrate Christmas?? All this coverage of 'chanukah' and 'menorahs' makes me think all of a sudden we live in Israel. We all know there is a growing jewish population in Borehamwood, but they are not the ONLY people here. mr.taxpayer

1:32pm Wed 4 Dec 13

EMS32 says...

The event was organised by a Jewish organisation not the local council. Perhaps if you put less time commenting on all the Jewish story's in the paper maybe you could help organise a Christian event in the town centre.. correct me if I'm wrong but are there not Christmas lights up throughout the whole town and isn't there usually a Christmas tree at Tesco as well??
The event was organised by a Jewish organisation not the local council. Perhaps if you put less time commenting on all the Jewish story's in the paper maybe you could help organise a Christian event in the town centre.. correct me if I'm wrong but are there not Christmas lights up throughout the whole town and isn't there usually a Christmas tree at Tesco as well?? EMS32

5:19pm Wed 4 Dec 13

mr.taxpayer says...

EMS32 wrote:
The event was organised by a Jewish organisation not the local council. Perhaps if you put less time commenting on all the Jewish story's in the paper maybe you could help organise a Christian event in the town centre.. correct me if I'm wrong but are there not Christmas lights up throughout the whole town and isn't there usually a Christmas tree at Tesco as well??
I never mentioned anything to do with the council, why did you mention that?

I merely mentioned that the paper seems to think that only Jewish news matters when reporting on religious festivals, whereas we are still a predominantly christian town and country. That is all.

It would be nice to see, for instance an article on local christmas parties for children or the elderly, or perhaps a story on how all religions have come together to help ALL the community, not just their own people.
[quote][p][bold]EMS32[/bold] wrote: The event was organised by a Jewish organisation not the local council. Perhaps if you put less time commenting on all the Jewish story's in the paper maybe you could help organise a Christian event in the town centre.. correct me if I'm wrong but are there not Christmas lights up throughout the whole town and isn't there usually a Christmas tree at Tesco as well??[/p][/quote]I never mentioned anything to do with the council, why did you mention that? I merely mentioned that the paper seems to think that only Jewish news matters when reporting on religious festivals, whereas we are still a predominantly christian town and country. That is all. It would be nice to see, for instance an article on local christmas parties for children or the elderly, or perhaps a story on how all religions have come together to help ALL the community, not just their own people. mr.taxpayer

9:07pm Wed 4 Dec 13

jgee says...

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9:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

jgee says...

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Maybe you missed these stories about Christmas lights switch ons - and there's also a story this week about staying safe over Christmas
http://www.borehamwo odtimes.co.uk/news/1 0849341.X_Factor_fin alist_switches_on_Ra dlett_Christmas_ligh ts/?ref=mry Maybe you missed these stories about Christmas lights switch ons - and there's also a story this week about staying safe over Christmas jgee

9:09pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Pride says...

Old bitter Taxpayer missed mitvah day. Convenient the old twisted bigot missed that.
Old bitter Taxpayer missed mitvah day. Convenient the old twisted bigot missed that. Pride

9:10pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Pride says...

Obviously the old twisted bigot taxpayer conveniently missed mitzvah day.
Obviously the old twisted bigot taxpayer conveniently missed mitzvah day. Pride

9:35am Mon 9 Dec 13

mr.taxpayer says...

Pride wrote:
Obviously the old twisted bigot taxpayer conveniently missed mitzvah day.
Why would I attend a jewish festival Pride? I'm not a jew.

Having an opinion that you don't agree with doesn't make me 'a twisted bigot', 'racist' or 'anti semite'. That's the problem with the jewish community, everyone is a racist if you don't like what you hear.

It's always the race card.

I am allowed to voice my opinion about the amount of jewish coverage in our local paper, as this is England and we allow free speech for all, no matter the religion.
[quote][p][bold]Pride[/bold] wrote: Obviously the old twisted bigot taxpayer conveniently missed mitzvah day.[/p][/quote]Why would I attend a jewish festival Pride? I'm not a jew. Having an opinion that you don't agree with doesn't make me 'a twisted bigot', 'racist' or 'anti semite'. That's the problem with the jewish community, everyone is a racist if you don't like what you hear. It's always the race card. I am allowed to voice my opinion about the amount of jewish coverage in our local paper, as this is England and we allow free speech for all, no matter the religion. mr.taxpayer

11:01am Mon 9 Dec 13

Pride says...

You seem to have something against the Jewish community. Can't think what that may be. What's your view on mitzvsh day? Do you have a problem against any other ethnic group or do you not think that ethnic groups are not part of the community?
You seem to have something against the Jewish community. Can't think what that may be. What's your view on mitzvsh day? Do you have a problem against any other ethnic group or do you not think that ethnic groups are not part of the community? Pride

1:15pm Mon 9 Dec 13

mr.taxpayer says...

I have no 'problem' as such, I just don't like the way that the jewish community segregates itself away from non-jews in every way possible around Borehamwood, then moan about getting a hard time from 'racists' every time there is a bit of friction locally.

My main gripe recently has been the coverage of certain Jewish festivities in the paper, not because i 'hate' jews as you so enjoy telling people, but because I still believe that England is still, despite massive changes in the last 15 years, a Christian country and as such should report on Christian festivities a little more than they do with the other religious news.

Doesn't the jewish community have their own paper - the jewish chronicle? You don't have to look far around Borehamwood to see it on sale in the various jewish outlets. Why not keep it in that, then as one of the other charming and very inclusive posts said " I dont have to read it."
I have no 'problem' as such, I just don't like the way that the jewish community segregates itself away from non-jews in every way possible around Borehamwood, then moan about getting a hard time from 'racists' every time there is a bit of friction locally. My main gripe recently has been the coverage of certain Jewish festivities in the paper, not because i 'hate' jews as you so enjoy telling people, but because I still believe that England is still, despite massive changes in the last 15 years, a Christian country and as such should report on Christian festivities a little more than they do with the other religious news. Doesn't the jewish community have their own paper - the jewish chronicle? You don't have to look far around Borehamwood to see it on sale in the various jewish outlets. Why not keep it in that, then as one of the other charming and very inclusive posts said " I dont have to read it." mr.taxpayer

2:37pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Pride says...

I think you'll find the Jewish community doesn't "stick to itself" as you so eloquently put it. Many events occur throughout the year when various religions have open days and joint fares inviting the whole community of Borehamwood. Mitzvah day, so conveniently ignored by yourself, helps everyone in the community. The Borehamwood Times is pretty self explanatory. The clues in the title and unless you feel Jews, Muslims, Hari Krishna and other members of Borehamwood shouldn't be infact part of Borehamwood then I dont understand your "non racist" argument about the paper reporting of events occurring in Borehamwood. Our country has many religions of all colours and creeds and unless I'm mistaken this is the 21st century where we all integrate peacefully. Not convinced about you Mr Taxpayer. you're definitely not ignorant but quiet possibly a tad racist.
I think you'll find the Jewish community doesn't "stick to itself" as you so eloquently put it. Many events occur throughout the year when various religions have open days and joint fares inviting the whole community of Borehamwood. Mitzvah day, so conveniently ignored by yourself, helps everyone in the community. The Borehamwood Times is pretty self explanatory. The clues in the title and unless you feel Jews, Muslims, Hari Krishna and other members of Borehamwood shouldn't be infact part of Borehamwood then I dont understand your "non racist" argument about the paper reporting of events occurring in Borehamwood. Our country has many religions of all colours and creeds and unless I'm mistaken this is the 21st century where we all integrate peacefully. Not convinced about you Mr Taxpayer. you're definitely not ignorant but quiet possibly a tad racist. Pride

2:41pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Pride says...

mr.taxpayer wrote:
Pride wrote:
Obviously the old twisted bigot taxpayer conveniently missed mitzvah day.
Why would I attend a jewish festival Pride? I'm not a jew.

Having an opinion that you don't agree with doesn't make me 'a twisted bigot', 'racist' or 'anti semite'. That's the problem with the jewish community, everyone is a racist if you don't like what you hear.

It's always the race card.

I am allowed to voice my opinion about the amount of jewish coverage in our local paper, as this is England and we allow free speech for all, no matter the religion.
Obviously you either haven't read about mitzvah day or are too ignorant and stupid to understand what happens. Its about helping others in the community. Try participating instead of spreading your obvious hatred of another religion.
[quote][p][bold]mr.taxpayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pride[/bold] wrote: Obviously the old twisted bigot taxpayer conveniently missed mitzvah day.[/p][/quote]Why would I attend a jewish festival Pride? I'm not a jew. Having an opinion that you don't agree with doesn't make me 'a twisted bigot', 'racist' or 'anti semite'. That's the problem with the jewish community, everyone is a racist if you don't like what you hear. It's always the race card. I am allowed to voice my opinion about the amount of jewish coverage in our local paper, as this is England and we allow free speech for all, no matter the religion.[/p][/quote]Obviously you either haven't read about mitzvah day or are too ignorant and stupid to understand what happens. Its about helping others in the community. Try participating instead of spreading your obvious hatred of another religion. Pride

2:46pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Pride says...

Brilliant Irony

Taxpayer says "I am allowed to voice my opinion about the amount of jewish coverage in our local paper, as this is England and we allow free speech for all, no matter the religion".

then complains that a Borehamwood paper cant apply "free speech" when reporting on actual events in Borehamwood.

taxpayer..."I am allowed to voice my opinion about the amount of jewish coverage in our local paper, as this is England and we allow free speech for all, no matter the religion"

you can say what you like Taxpayer as you're entitled to free speech indeed as I am in calling you a blatant racist hell bent on causing friction between elements of our community.
Brilliant Irony Taxpayer says "I am allowed to voice my opinion about the amount of jewish coverage in our local paper, as this is England and we allow free speech for all, no matter the religion". then complains that a Borehamwood paper cant apply "free speech" when reporting on actual events in Borehamwood. taxpayer..."I am allowed to voice my opinion about the amount of jewish coverage in our local paper, as this is England and we allow free speech for all, no matter the religion" you can say what you like Taxpayer as you're entitled to free speech indeed as I am in calling you a blatant racist hell bent on causing friction between elements of our community. Pride

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