Newsletter of the Call of Girona - Number 13 «Light and stars in the Jewish quarter»
Recollections and new events
And exactly eleven years ago...
... we celebrated the Hanukkah in Girona.
It was eleven years ago now, in 1998, that an extraordinary event took place in Girona: the public celebration of Hanukkah at Torre Gironella, a location with symbolic associations for the city's Jewish past. The celebration was organized by the Jewish communities of Barcelona, Perpignan and Berlin, who chose Girona for various reasons: partly geographical, as an ideal meeting-point for the three cities that had promoted the initiative, but also of course for the historical interest of its rich Jewish heritage. The original proposal was warmly welcomed, and the then Mayor of the city and Chairman of the Call de Girona Municipal Board, Joaquim Nadal, made only one request: that it should be a public event that would also be accessible to the people of the city. The celebration brought together at least a thousand people of different beliefs and cultures.