Brooklynites Celebrate the Eighth and Final Night of Chanukah

Hundreds of Brooklyn’s Jewish community gathered at Grand Army Plaza Sunday, to celebrate the eighth and final night of Chanukah.

Organized by the Chabad of Park Slope, the event included a 32-foot tall menorah, labeled as “the world’s largest menorah.”

There was music by Shimon Tevl, which got many of the attendants to dance away. Latkes were also served.

When gifts were handed out to children, those who were attending the event for the first time this year went first. Others who had been at Grand Army Plaza in previous nights went afterwards.

When the time came to light the menorah, Rabbi Shimon Hecht and Dr. Joshua Silverman stepped into a large crane that was operated by a Con Edison worker. The Rabbi thanked the crowd for turning out for the event. It was Dr. Silverman who lit the lights.

Later, Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by to wish the crowd a Happy Chanukah. He talked about the hope for no more terrorism in the United States and Israel, and for more peace in the world.