Menorah lighting in Saddam Hussein’s former palace
Lt. Laurie Zimmet, serving for the US Navy Intelligence in Baghdad, Iraq, organized a Chanukah Festival and Menorah Kindling inside the Al Faw Palace, the former palace of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. The US Armed Services granted her the permission to organize it and distributed flyers to thousands of Jewish Servicemen and women serving our country inviting them to celebrate Chanukah in this most unique location.
Zimmet is a member of Chabad of the Conejo. “Laurie brought the message of Chanukah alive for so many of our people that are away from home during the holiday of Chanukah – a message of “Light Over Darkness”. In a facility built by an evil man of an evil regime, the light of Chanukah shined bright. A victory for the light of goodness over darkness”, said Rabbi Moshe Bryski, Laurie’s Rabbi. “We are all so proud of her.”