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Shopping malls get in Chanukah spirit

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December 19, 2011 | 10:37 am

Westfield Group headquarters in Sydney. Photographed by Coolcaesar/Wikipedia in November 2009.

Westfield Group headquarters in Sydney. Photographed by Coolcaesar/Wikipedia in November 2009.

Westfield, the world’s largest shopping mall empire founded by Holocaust survivor Frank Lowy, will welcome in Chanukah on three continents.

Shopping malls in America, the United Kingdom and Australia, where the company is headquartered, will unveil menorahs, a spokesperson for the company said this week.

Individual shopping malls will be working closely with local Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis to bring the Festival of Lights to a wider audience. Rabbi Levi Wolff of Sydney’s Central Synagogue, where the Lowy family is a member, will coordinate the project with other Chabad rabbis.

Wolff said Westfield is bringing awareness to tens of thousands of Jews and raising interest in the non-Jewish community.

The Westfield spokesperson said the final number of malls involved could not yet be confirmed. Westfield has more than 120 shopping centers in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil.

Lowy was born in Czechoslovakia and survived the Holocaust before immigrating to prestate Israel. His father died at Auschwitz.

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