The Chabad of Greenwich held their annual Menorah Lighting Celebration at the YMCA in Greenwich on Sunday, December 6. The first candle was lit by Rabbi Yossi Deren.
It was standing room only, as the community came together at Greenwich’s largest outdoor menorah lighting ceremony. After the menorah was illuminated, traditional Chanukah songs were sung by all, with children joining the Rabbi and band.
Moving indoors, the joyous fun began with a lavish buffet, including traditional fried favorites just for Chanukah – latkes and jelly doughnuts (because of the central role that oil played in the Chanukah miracle.)
Bentzi Shemtov, the program director, explained, “The Jewish Community in Greenwich is growing at a huge pace, and as nice for all of us to celebrate together.” His thoughts continued with adding, “Just one candle can bring brightness and light into the world.”
All rejoiced, after the meal, on the dance floor as the Schlock Rock Band grooved. Children were too adorable, gathering close together singing familiar songs, and played with dreidels. Circles of women held hands high in step, as did many men – at quite a fast pace.
The highlight of the evening was the close feeling of the families, enjoying themselves in unity.
Table One of Brooklyn, NY catered the delicious kosher food. The event was generously hosted by Daisy Florin, Jill Derikava, Penny Vazquez, Abby Levy and Allison Jackson.
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