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Making light work: Locals come together for W’burg menorah lighting

Light it up: Williamsburg residents came out to celebrate the fifth night of Hanukkah on Thursday night.
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Revelers lit up the night sky in Williamsburg on Thursday to celebrate of the fifth night of Hanukkah.

Those Brooklynites who came out to light the Bedford Avenue menorah that leaders of a local synagogue set up for the eight-day holiday displayed a love for their fellow residents that humbled organizers, according to a temple leader.

“It was a beautiful event, it was very uplifting and it was a beautiful feeling of unity on the street with celebration,” said Chabad of North Brooklyn rabbi Shmuly Lein.

Lein for the 15th year parked the roughly 10-foot menorah at the corner of N. Seventh Street, with help from leaders of film- and television-production company Broadway Stages, which boasts facilities across the borough, and the owners of the Williamsburg Hotel on Bedford Avenue between N. 10th and 11th streets.

And the candelabra’s lights shone brightly enough to attract the attention of straphangers exiting the nearby L train station, many of whom wandered over to take part in the festivities and join the chorus of voices belting out traditional Hanukkah songs, according to the rabbi.

“A lot people came out, and a lot of people walking on the street stopped to participate as well,” Lein said.

Locals who missed Thursday’s spectacle can still check out the menorah through the end of Hanukkah, which wraps the evening of Dec. 9.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 6:12 pm, December 7, 2018
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