Religious leaders, elected officials, and festive holiday revelers gathered in Grand Army Plaza on Dec. 22 to kick off Hanukkah with the lighting of the largest menorah in the borough!
“The Menorah is one of the most recognized symbols of the Jewish people,” said Rabbi Shimon Hecht, Director, Chabad of Park Slope. “Its lights proclaim the timeless message of the Chanukah miracle. This gigantic Menorah publicly reaffirms the celebration of our freedom, inspired by the Maccabean victory of right over might and light over darkness.”
Hecht was joined for the festivities by numerous high-profile Kings County residents — including United States Senator Chuck Schumer, Borough President Eric Adams, Park Slope Councilman Brad Lander.
Locals donned festive outfits and munched on the traditional potato latkes as they listened to the famed Jewish artist Yehuda Green live in concert during the holiday event.
And this year’s Jewish holiday celebration was especially important, according to Adams, who called the event “a light against anti-Semitism.”