Chanukah Celebration

By 32 Division,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 11:50 a.m. December 28, 2016

Police officers gathered with members of the Jewish community at 32 Division to light a menorah and celebrate Chanukah together.

A six-foot tall menorah with people, some in TPS uniform gathered around
Police officers gathered with members of the Jewish community to light a menorah in front of 32 Division
  • A six-foot tall menorah with people, some in TPS uniform gathered around
  • Kids touching and sitting on a police motorcycle as adults take photos
  • A large group of people, police officers on horses
  • Children gathered around a table
  • A girl sitting on a Sea-Doo

The north-end Division, which is home to the largest Jewish population in the city, has had a menorah in front of the Division for the past five years alongside its Christmas decorations.

The annual tradition was marked at the police station on Dec. 27, where a large audience was on hand for the lighting of the six-foot-tall menorah. Officers have lit  the menorah since the holiday began Dec. 24, and continue to light a candle on the menorah at dusk for each of the eight days of Chanukah.

Prior to the Lighting ceremony, a parade of 30 vehicles with the menorah was escorted down Yonge street, across Lawrence Avenue, north on Bathurst street and to 32 Division station. 

Rabbi Steiner said the Jewish community was happy to celebrate alongside police officers in their station.

Once the lighting prayers and ceremony was concluded, over 400 children and parents were entertained in the station's garage, where traditional Jewish music and refreshments were provided and all were invited to participate hands-on with police and Auxiliary officers at displays of police vehicles as well as interact with Mounted officers.

Chanukah celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem 2,100 years ago after a battle to reclaim it.

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