With the lighting of the menorah, Downtown Brooklyn marked the second night of Chanukah on Monday, December 7.
The Rabbi Jacob J. Hecht official Brooklyn Menorah Lighting was hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams along with Rabbi Aaron Raskin. The annual event was held at dusk in Columbus Park located on Montague and Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
The menorah lighting was immediately followed by a celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, where the audience was entertained by special guest performer Bobby Doowah, as they enjoyed traditional sufganiyot (round jelly doughnuts).
The Jewish Festival of Lights, said Adams, is, “a fitting reminder that we must also remain vigilant against those who wish to do harm to others, and of how, with great resolve, goodness always triumphs over evil.”
As the candles on the menorah get lit each of the eight nights of the Chanukah celebration, he added, “May their flickering glow serve as an eternal beacon for peace and understanding across the globe.” The holiday brings with it, said Adams, a strong message, “To add more light into our world, and a constant reminder to be thankful for all of life’s miracles, big and small.”