The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia strongly condemns hate speech in our community and throughout the world. When anti-Semitic hate speech was expressed by Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill, we immediately took action with national and local partners. We have and will continue to condemn comments that reject the state of Israel and the Jewish connection to our homeland.

“On a blustery Tuesday night last week, Jewish Philadelphians began to gather and light their menorahs for the first night of Chanukah.

But while most lightings took place in the warmth of individuals’ homes, the city was not devoid of events drawing those braving the elements to light menorahs large — and abstract — in some of the most unusual of places.

Kicking off the holiday on Dec. 12, a group gathered at the Fairmount Fish Ladder to hear remarks from community leaders, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia President and CEO Naomi Adler and Mayor Jim Kenney as Boathouse Row was lit as a “menorah” for the second year in a row.”