The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ annual Community Leaders Hanukkah Candle Lighting was held Friday at Grand Park.

The event was intended to “promote religious tolerance and shine the light of mutual respect for diverse faiths and communities in Los Angeles,” said Alisa Finsten, senior vice president of the federation’s Community Engagement Strategic Initiative.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rabbi Noah Farkas, the incoming president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and Capri Maddox, executive director of the Los Angeles Civil Rights Department, spoke at the 9 a.m. ceremony.

Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, City Controller Ron Galperin, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, and Los Angeles City Councilmen Bob Blumenfield, Mike Bonin, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian and John Lee and Councilwoman Nithya Raman were among those who lit candles on the menorah to celebrate Judaism’s eight-day commemoration of the temple rededication that followed the Maccabees’ victory over a larger Syrian army.


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