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#69- Attend the Annual Lighting Of the Menorah At Veterans Park

Celebrate the festival of lights.

Hanukkah is known as the festival of lights and on Saturday, the Kings Park Jewish Center along with the Chamber of Commerce will symbolically light the menorah at Veterans Plaza.

Traditional chocolate candy known as Hanukkah gelt, along with dreidels will be handed out to the children. Music will be provided by the Kings Park High School Orchestra, directed by Jon Nowak and  the William T. Rogers Middle School vocalists directed by Robin Paola.

Afterwards residents can head to the Jewish center to continue the celebration.

“We will have our own Klezmer band, performing at the synagogue immediately following the ceremony, with traditional Hanukkah songs as well as some fun parody songs for the holiday,” said Karen Dongvort of the Jewish center.

Each person may bring their personal menorah to light at the synagogue. Potato pancakes, known as latkes, and donuts will be served.

 When: Dec. 18, 4 p.m.

Where: Veterans Plaza and afterwards at the Kings Park Jewish Center

Fee: Free and open to all residents

cj murphy December 15, 2011 at 09:21 PM
The menorah is a religious symbol. Why is it allowed on public land.
Joel Blitzer December 16, 2011 at 01:32 AM
The same reason that the tree is lit up as a Christmas tree and manger scenes are on display in public places. Enjoy the holiday season . God Bless America!
George McKnight December 16, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Well said Joel, we live in a great community that enjoys and celebrates the holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all in the Kings Park Community. God Bless America and the freedoms of this Great Country.
Steve Weber December 16, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Its not about mangers or menorahs, its about being inclusive of all those who have religious convictions and those who do not, most of the year those who do not have those beliefs have their voices heard, but around Christmas, or Hanukkah or Rosh Hashanah, people who have faith are entitled to share the public space.
Tom Gillen December 16, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Well said, Joel! God Bless America indeed! Hope EVERYONE has a happy and healthy holiday season
Joel Blitzer December 16, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Enjoy the Fire Department Christmas parade this weekend, and join us on Wednesday for another Chanukah celebration: Chabad of Mid-Suffolk Annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting Procession Wednesday, December 21, 4:30 pm Start: Northgate Shopping Center, 1143 Jericho Tpke, Commack, NY, FREE Annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting Procession Chabad of Mid-Suffolk Annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting Procession Second Annual Chabad of Mid-Suffolk Chanukah Parade Traveling thru Commack/East Northport/Kings Park. We are planning some great things for Chanukah on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011. The car procession will begin around 4:30 pm at Chai and Mazel (Northgate Shopping Center), drive a pre-determined route for 30-45 minutes, and end at the Chabad of Mid-Suffolk, where we will latkes, doughnuts, drinks, and entertainment. All are welcome, adults and children alike, to join us for the procession and the festivities afterward. You’ll be glad you came!!! Location Information: Northgate Shopping Center – 1143 Jericho Turnpike, Commack N.Y. Chabad of Mid Suffolk – 318 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, Contact Information: Chabad of Mid-Suffolk -Rabbi Mendel Teldon-631-543-3343-Rabbi@ChabadMidSuffolk.com

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