Brooklyn Kicks Off Chanukah at Largest Menorah

Thousands gathered in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza for New York’s annual Chanukah kickoff concert and lighting of Brooklyn’s Largest Menorah, featuring the Moshav Band.

With temperatures dropping at a rapid pace, hot latkes and great music from the acclaimed Moshav Band kept everyone warm and joyous.

A host of public officials joined in the celebration. Sharing Chanukah greetings were Brooklyn BP Eric Adams; NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and NYPD Chief of Brooklyn South Steve Powers.

“We take great pride in sponsoring New York’s premier Chanukah event. The Chanukah Candles share a miraculous story and we’re sure this energy is being brought back home enhancing our Jewish identity and pride” said Rabbi Moshe Hecht -Executive Committee NCFJE.

Honored with lighting the first candle was Mr. Jordan Kestenbaum from Marco International.  Elevated by a special 45-foot boom lift together with Rabbi Shimon Hecht, Jordan beautifully recited the three blessing and lighted the humongous Menorah.

Special gifts were distributed to all the children making this a memorable Chanukah for all.

In addition to all the local media, this event was live-streamed via Google’s local guides Facebook page.

The Largest Menorah and kickoff concert is sponsored by The National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education.


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    ick Off Chanukah at The Largest Menorah with Moshav Band: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
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    Tuesday, December 12, 2017
    5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

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    At the lighting of the largest menorah in Brooklyn, every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, latkes, and gifts for children. Kick off the first night of Chanukah with live music from the Moshav Band. The concert starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lighting of the menorah at 6:30 p.m.

    The largest menorah has been towering over Grand Army Plaza since 1984. Rabbi Shimon Hecht accompanies community leaders, philanthropists and special guests in lighting this humongous menorah.

    The lighting of this menorah is a leading symbol of Chanukah, publicly reaffirming the celebration of our freedom, inspired by the Maccabean victory of right over might and light over darkness.

    This event is free and open to all.

    Lighting of the Largest Menorah in Brooklyn: Schedule

    1st Night of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 12 – live concert at 5:30 p.m., menorah lighting at 6:30 p.m.
    2nd Night of Chanukah, Wednesday, December 13 – 6:00 pm
    3rd Night Of Chanukah, Thursday, December 14 – 6:00 pm
    4th Night Of Chanukah, Friday, December 15 – 3:30 pm
    5th Night Of Chanukah, Saturday, December 16 – 7:00 pm
    6th Night Of Chanukah, Sunday, December 17 – 5:00 pm
    7th Night Of Chanukah, Monday, December 18 – 6:00 pm
    8th Night Of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 19 – 6:00 pm

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