Chabad of Orange County in Goshen will host its Menorah Lighting on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m., on the Village Green in Goshen.
Beforehand at 4:45 p.m., children will get to go for a special Chanukah walk, up and down Main Street in Goshen, to different stores that will have special crafts for the holiday.
At 6 p.m., the community will join at the Village Green for a unity event which will feature a giant dreidel made out of ice, Chanukah music, jelly donuts and thousands of chocolate gelt - coins will that come down from the sky.
“Chanukah is a moment where we get to share not only our pride in being Jewish, but the notion of a season of light,” said Rabbi Meir Borenstein of Chabad of Orange County in Goshen. “It’s adding more light to our own lives by celebrating with family.
“We want to share the miracle of light during the season,” Borenstein added. “Not just for our own people but for everyone, and we’re proud to do it on the Village Green in Goshen. You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy a Chanukah celebration. It’s a holiday that has a very universal message that people can identify with.
“It speaks to the real values of our country — people having the right to celebrate their lives and traditions and do it comfortably without persecution,” the rabbi concluded. “The holiday celebrates standing up to tyranny and being able to live their lives with freedom and consistent with the values and traditions. That’s what our country is all about and what makes us unique, the ability to live freely and express ourselves freely.”
Chabad will also host other celebrations in other towns. Email Chabadoc@gmail.com for the full schedule or call Chabad at 845-291-0514.