Section of Arch Street to Close to Vehicular Traffic for Hanukkah Menorah Lighting & Concert

At their meeting on Nov 22 the Board of Selectmen voted to approve a request for a road closure for Chabad Lubavitch Greenwich’s annual Hanukkah Menorah lighting and music event on December 18.

Chabad made the request for the official road closure on Arch – from Greenwich Ave down to Gallagher’s – so they could arrange to have police in place to help direct traffic rather than using fire trucks to block the roadway. The proposal includes setting up 50 folding chairs in the Arch Street roadway.

Chabad’s program director Shira Fischer said the annual Hanukah event starts with a Menorah parade down Greenwich Avenue and end with the Hanukkah Menorah lighting outside the historic post office on the corner of Greenwich Ave and Arch Street followed by a music concert.

Ms Fischer said the three-hour closure would include time to set up and break down from the event.

According to Chabad’s website, participants for the Menorah car parade will meet up at Cos Cob School. The grand Menorah Lighting and Gelt drop will take place at 5:00pm, and the concert and glow party will feature singer, Mordechai Levovitz.

Chabad program director Shira Fischer, Rabbi Yossi Deren and Greenwich Time reporter via Zoom. Nov 22, 2022

At the previous Selectmen meeting Ms Fischer said the three hour closure would include time to set up and break down from the menorah lighting and music event. She said attendees would park on Greenwich Avenue, but that Chabad planned to ask the BOE for permission to use their lot for event staff and volunteers.

On Tuesday, First Selectman Camillo said police had already been contacted and signed off.

“Knowing them very well I don’t have any questions,” Camillo said. “It’s a great event. All the smiling faces – it’s great.”

The Selectmen voted 3-0 to approve the road closure.

More information on the event is available on the Chabad Greenwich website.

The Menorah and concert stage are proposed to be in the area of the obelisk in front of RH Greenwich, which is the historic post office building.