For Chabad shluchim around the world, Chanukah is a very busy week as they often use the holiday to attract many who are less likely to take part in shul or more ‘religious’ activities.
Following the heinous attacks in recent weeks, Paris police have informed local Chabad shluchim that this year, the Chanukah activities will have to be far less visible and many of the major lighting ceremonies will have to be canceled due to security fears.
Chabad is still working to host a major lighting event near the Eifel Tower amid the realization most public candle lighting has been canceled due to the security situation. Should police permit the Eifel lighting event, it will take place under extremely heavy security.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)