Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, who is Jewish, lit the first candle of Brooklyn’s largest Menorah Wednesday at Grand Army Plaza.
The crowd enjoyed live music, and traditional latkes, doughnuts, and Chanukah gifts were distributed thanks to financier and private equity investor Steven Rattner.
Following the Jewish community’s support during the election campaign, the new Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo is expected to make his first appearance at a Jewish event when he lights the Menorah this week as well, organizer Rabbi Shimon Hecht told COLlive.
Other dignitaries who are expected to light the Menorah throughout the holiday will be U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and New York City Comptroller John C. Liu.
Lighting throughout Chanuka will be at 6:00 PM, while on Motzoei Shabbos at 7:30 PM.
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