Wednesday, August 12, 2020

16 month old Samuel Dennis enjoys the taste of his first-ever doughnut with his mother, Amy, of Riverdale. (Credit: Robert Kalfus)

Rabbi Mendy Hurwitz and Chuck Lesnick sing the blessings for lighting the first light of Chanukah. (Credit:Robert Kalfus)

Rabbi Mendy Hurwitz discusses Chanukah with NY State Senator and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Chuck Lesnick. (Credit: Robert Kalfus)


While carrying the sadness of their fellow congregants who were viciously attacked the night before in Mosey, New York, more than 100 people celebrated the eighth night of Chanukah at Chabad of Yonkers on North Broadway.

Rabbi Mendy Hurwitz, rabbi of Chabad of Yonkers, announced, “Light always prevails” as he invited all to “unite and light with Chabad of Yonkers. Despite the horrible attacks throughout Chanukah on Jews, we have seen more Jews come out to celebrate our faith. The Jewish people did not hide, but came out stronger than ever celebrating Chanukah, and many people of other faiths showed us their great support.”

“With the support of our community, Chabad of Yonkers spread the light of the miracle of Chanukah, the message of light overcoming darkness, of hope overcoming despair, the miracle of the few overcoming superior military forces due to their faith, to a greater number of events where we brought a spark of light to people outside where they live, work, and shop.”

“Today we welcomed more than 100 people who celebrated a lighting of all eight Chanukah lights,” concluded Rabbi Hurwitz, thanking the assembled dignitaries, “and especially thanking Yonkers Police Deputy Chief Tim Hodges for ensuring our safety throughout Chanukah and the entire year, Yonkers Traffic Division Commanding Officer Lt. Sean Mullins for providing safe passage for the menorah car parade, and Yonkers Fire Chief Kevin Ford for providing a fire truck for the enjoyment and education of children and adults.”

By Robert Kalfus



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