Brooklynites light massive Hanukkah menorah

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The Jewish community celebrated the first night of Hanukkah in 2019 with the largest menorah at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.
Photo by Todd Maisel

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.”

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Senator Chuck Schumer attended the event with his grandson Noah.Photo by Todd Maisel

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.

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The first night of Hanukkah kicked off with a bang.Photo by Todd Maisel

And this year’s Jewish holiday celebration was especially important, according to Adams, who called the event “a light against anti-Semitism.”

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Hundreds of locals attended the event at Grand Army Plaza.Photo by Todd Maisel