MONSEY, NY [CHI] — Over 80 vehicles joined the Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Monsey annual Menorah Parade on Sunday night, the 3rd night of Chanuka. The parade, which was organized by K’hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey and Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey, departed from K’hal Tzemach Tzedek and was led by fire trucks from the Monsey and Spring Valley Fire Departments.
The parade was cheered on by many onlookers as it went on a 14 mile route through a number of towns including Monsey, New Hempstead, New City and Spring Valley and ended at the Spring Valley Marketplace shopping center where there were hot latkes, donuts, chocolate Chanuka gelt and raffles for the children.
Following the recitation of the 12 pesukim the crowd heard from Rabbi Boruch Lesches, Rav of K’hal Tzemach Tzedek, and from the newly elected Mayor of Spring Valley Noramie Jasmin, who was also honored with lighting the Shamash candle for the Menorah lighting. Mayor Jasmin was accompanied by her Administrative Assistant Reb Aron Wieder. Rabbi Mendel Polter, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch, lit the menorah and sang Haneiros Halalu.
Special thanks to the Ramapo, Clarkstown and Spring Valley Police Departments for coordinating the traffic.
Photos by Reb Dovid Kaplan and Jessica Messing.