In celebration of Hanukkah - the festival of lights - friends and families gathered on Sunday afternoon to participate in Kings Park’s annual lighting of the menorah at Veterans Plaza.
The event, hosted by the and the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce, drew close to 100 people.
Students from the Kings Park High School Orchestra performed S’Vivon, a traditional Hanukkah song, under the direction of music teacher Jon Nowak.
Students from Williams T. Rogers Middle School, led by music teacher Robin Paola, sang Light the Candles, Yo Lisa Goy, and One Bit of Oil.
Kings Park School District Superintendant, Susan Agruso, who was at the lighting, expressed her appreciation for the participating students and teachers.
“I think it is wonderful that our kids and teachers volunteer their time and support community events,” Agruso said.
Masters of ceremonies, Ed McElhone Sr. and Ed McElhone Jr., greeted the crowd on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce. Rabbi Jacob Benzaquen wished everyone a happy holiday just before lighting the plaza's menorah.
Toys were handed out to the children and then the crowd moved across the street to the firehouse where Rabbi Benzaquen lit a second menorah.
It is the best turnout we have ever had for this event,” said Rabbi Benzaquen, “and I think it’s the coldest, too”
After the event, everyone was invited back to the Jewish center for latkes and donuts.