Can a menorah be part of a Co-op store?

By Matthew Eden Richard Rayner, Leader of the Jewish community in Cambridge has put in his request and the Co-op is thinking about it. A menorah, a candelabra, is a formal symbol of Hanukkah,…

Can a menorah be part of a Co-op store?

By Matthew Eden

Richard Rayner, Leader of the Jewish community in Cambridge has put in his request and the Co-op is thinking about it. A menorah, a candelabra, is a formal symbol of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, celebrated in Israel and Eastern Europe. It is a miniature eight-branched candelabra and and its home is an eight-branched menorah, which was used in synagogue celebrations on the 8th day of Hanukkah. Such religious symbols are not allowed to appear on public buildings or even trees in parks, however. Matt Reid from the Co-op said: ‘We are looking at it’ Public buildings are also allowed to display religious symbols if the sign has “mixed messages”, to “make them inclusive, to not have them interpreted by others to be offensive”, the guidance says. In that case, a Christian cross or symbols are allowed, along with representations of animal skins or symbols representing weapons of war, the guidance also says.

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