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Giant Menorah to be lit at Yellowstone Park Saturday

Dec. 30, 2016 By Christian Murray

An 18-foot tall menorah will be lit at a Forest Hills park tomorrow night to mark the final night of Chanukah.

The event, dubbed “Chanukah on the Park,” will take place in Yellowstone Municipal Park between 68th Road and 68th Avenue at 6:15pm. The event will run to 9pm and will include a DJ, candy truck ventriloquist and traditional jelly donuts.

The candles will be lit at 6:30 pm.

The event is being sponsored by Chabad of Forest Hills North.

The inaugural event took place last year and about 200 attended.

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Michael Perlman

Thank you for a great piece! On Dec 23, I proudly collaborated with Rabbi Mendy Hecht & fellow Chabad member Steven Davis to assemble and erect the menorah and a scaffold from the late evening through 5 AM in the chilly park. There is rarely an event that transpires without a team effort. Last year, the menorah was sponsored by the Fischman family and Friends of CFHN, and this year, member Mark Weissman sponsored its new height. The night did not come without yet more miracles, which related to erecting the heavy scaffold. In an interview, Rabbi Hecht said, “This was a test and we succeeded. Going to the store to pick it up, and then being told it’s not there was terrible feeling, when I knew that Friday is not going to be a day to build before Shabbat. Then it was waiting there with no name, which was the reason for the delay.”

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