20 years ago,
City Councilman Mark Schwartz lived in Crown Heights. He and a friend made the menorah out of oilfield pipe. The neighborhood supported his wish to display it on the Shartel island, and then a few years later after Mark passed away, Marcy and Louis Price became dedicated to continuing the tradition, lighting the electric candles each of the 8 nights of Hanukah and gathering friends for a first night brief lighting/song session.
Fred and Judy Krueger have repaired the menorah over the years and Robin Orbach has jazzed it up with her artistic talents.
Sometimes neighbors hold a “First night of Hanukah” gathering with lighting and songs.
Hanukah comes during the darkest month of the year, and while it is not a major holiday like Christmas, it reminds us to “increase the light” each night with and every day through acts of kindness and compassion and to appreciate the blessings of freedom.
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