The Chabad of Greenwich Menorah Lighting – The First Candle is Lit

Rabbi Yossi Deren illuminates the menorah

Rabbi Yossi Deren illuminates the menorah. Credit: Karen Sheer

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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Standing room only at this popular Chabad Event. Credit: Karen Sheer

Jubilent holiday songs were sung.. Lenny grooves on the keyboard. Credit: Karen Sheer

Jubilent holiday songs were sung.. Lenny grooves on the keyboard. Credit: Karen Sheer

A father and son come inside to enjoy the holiday meal and festive live music

A father and son come inside to enjoy the holiday meal and festive live music. Credit: Karen Sheer

Latkes were enjoyed by all!

Latkes were enjoyed by all! Credit: Karen Sheer

Are there ever enough latkes?

Are there ever enough latkes? Credit: Karen Sheer

Many families joined together in the joyous and special evening. Credit: Karen Sheer

Many families joined together in the joyous and special evening. Credit: Karen Sheer

The kid's smiles captured everyones hearts. Credit: Karen Sheer

The kids’ smiles captured everyone’s hearts. Credit: Karen Sheer

Toy microphones were handed out on the dance floor with enthusiasm. Credit: Karen Sheer

Toy microphones were handed out on the dance floor with enthusiasm. Credit: Karen Sheer

Priceless little ones singing along with the band. Credit: Karen Sheer

Priceless little ones singing along with the Schlock Rock Band. Credit: Karen Sheer

Rabbi Yossi proves he has all the right dance moves. Credit: Karen Sheer

Rabbi Yossi proves he has all the right dance moves. Credit: Karen Sheer

A circle of friends on the dance floor. Credit: Karen Sheer

A circle of friends on the dance floor. Credit: Karen Sheer

Program Director, Bentzi Shemtov brings out the jelly doughnuts at the end of the evening

Program Director, Bentzi Shemtov brings out the jelly doughnuts at the end of the evening. Credit: Karen Sheer

A fun filled Chanukah Celebration

A fun filled Chanukah Celebration. Photo: Karen Sheer

 

See also:

7th Greenwich Holiday Stroll Invites All to Shop, Dine, Save & Be Merry
First Light, Beautiful Night in Village of Old Greenwich

 

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