Offering Support for a Menorah, Unofficially

The New York Times
Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik assembles a menorah in Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins, CO — For the second year in a row, this normally serene university town at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains is embroiled in a dispute over holiday symbols.

The controversy, similar to recent wrangling over Christmas trees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, centers on the refusal by Fort Collins to allow a menorah to be displayed downtown during Hanukkah, near a Christmas tree and other Christmas displays.

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Hanukkah Shares Lights with People of Monroe

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Rochester, NY — Precisely at 3 p.m. Friday, Rabbi Nechemia Vogel lit a menorah at Washington Square Park in downtown Rochester, signifying the start of Hanukkah.

“We’re doing this for the whole community,” said Vogel, Rabbi of Chabad Lubavitch on Winton Road in Brighton. “The message of Hanukkah is to take the celebration to the public. There’s something very universal about Hanukkah, about religious freedom.”

Historic Menorah Lighting in Fair Lawn, NJ

Saturday night December 16th 2006 the second night of Chanukah will always be remembered as a monumental Menroah lighting ceremony in the hearts of many Fair Lawn residents as it marked the first time in history that a Menorah was lit at Fair Lawn city hall.

In the presence of over a hundred people with children and most of Fair Lawn’s city council on a cold December night Rabbi Berel Zalrtzman the Community Development Director and spiritual leader of Bris Avrohom of Fair Lawn – an affiliate of Chabad Lubavitch opened the ceremony with the traditional blessings of the Menorah.

Third night of Chanukah at “Prince Gong’s Palace” Beijing, China

Chabad Beijing together with the Israeli Embassy organized tonight a public community Chanukah lighting for the third night of Chanukah. This special event took place in a beautiful pagoda along the banks of a lake at the Palace of Prince Gong in Beijing, China.

The Israeli Ambassador, Dr. Yehoyada Chaim said the brachot and words of greeting. Rabbi Shimon Freundlich, head shliach in Beijing, China lit the Chanukah menorah and thanked the Israeli Ambassador for his efforts in organizing this unique venue. Rabbi Shimon led the crowd in singing “Hanerot Halalu” and many other traditional Chanukah songs. The children of Ganeinu International school, the Chabad school in Beijing, helped Rabbi Shimon lead the community in singing their favorite Chanukah songs.

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2nd Candle in Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan

Since last year this menorah became known as the largest kosher menorah in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It is lit every night with a respectable presence in Grand Army Plaza on 59th Street and 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

Last night the Menorah was lit by Sheldon Silver, 64th Assembly District and is the house Speaker.

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A Parade of Light!

The second night of Chanukah a parade of 21 ‘Tanks’ and around 80 cars topped with Menorahs made their way from 770 to Manhattan with escort by the NYPD’s Highway Division. The parade made its way over the Manhattan Bridge on to Houston St. then up 6th Av. Where hundreds of thousands of people were witness to the parade, the parade then passed ‘Grand Army Plaza’ where the worlds largest kosher Menorah stands proudly, then back down 5th Av. To 23rd St. where the tanks then spread out across the city doing Mivtzoim, spreading to message of Chanukah and distributing menorahs to the masses!

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