30 Menorah-topped cars to parade through Manhasset

The Chabad of Manhasset will be parading over 30 cars topped with menorahs through Plandome Road and Northern Boulevard. (Photo courtesy of the Chabad of Manhasset)

Amid the ongoing pandemic, the Chabad of Manhasset recognizes the crucial importance of bringing Hanukkah’s message of light and hope to Manhasset’s Jewish community amid a dark winter. To safely do so, Manhasset will be having a Car Menorah Parade departing from Manhasset Park District lot 3 behind Mary Jane Davies Park traveling through Manhasset & Miracle Mile.

“While typically, we’re able to invite Manhasset’s community to join the annual Manhasset Menorah Lighting ceremony at the Town Hall of North Hempstead, this year we are inviting them to participate in safely bringing Hanukkah to the homes of those unable to attend due to coronavirus,” said Sarale Paltiel, director of Chabad of Manhasset. “The Car Menorah Parade is a perfect way for Manhasset’s Jewish community to show our Jewish pride and celebrate Hanukkah during the pandemic.

The parade route will travel, led by the NCPD, via the main thoroughfares of Manhasset, including Plandome Road and Northern Boulevard in a unique Hanukkah celebration promoting holiday awareness and bringing a message of light and hope to Manhasset.

This year has seen illness, death, quarantine, closures and business collapses, all amidst an overwhelming sense of sheer confusion and despair. Publicizing the story of the Hanukkah miracle and the victory of light over darkness, is a message of hope greatly needed today.

The parade is exclusively for Manhasset residents. All participants will get a Menorah topped on their car and an oversize Chanukah swag bag containing Chanukah donuts, hot latkes, gelt & more.

This event is generously sponsored by North Shore University Hospital, Showcase Kitchens, Raindew of Manhasset, Karen Sabag & Manhasset Jewelers.

Special thank you to the Nassau County Police Department & the Manhasset Park District for making this event possible.

To participate in the parade, please register at chabadmanhasset.com/chanukah.

WHAT: Manhasset Car Menorah Parade

WHERE: Leaving from MPD lot 3 behind Mary Jane Davies Green

WHEN: Thursday, December 17, 5:00 pm.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins this year on the evening of Thursday, December 10 and concludes the evening of Friday, December 18. It recalls the victory of a militarily weak Jewish people who defeated the Syrian Greeks who had overrun ancient Israel and sought to impose restrictions on the Jewish way of life and prohibit religious freedom. They also desecrated and defiled the Temple and the oils prepared for the lighting of the menorah, which was part of the daily service. Upon recapturing the Temple only one jar of undefiled oil was found, enough to burn only one day, but it lasted miraculously for eight. In commemoration, Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days by lighting an eight-branched candelabrum known as a menorah. Today, people of all faiths consider the holiday a symbol and message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness. Additional information about the Hanukkah holiday is available at www.[MySite.com]/Hanukkah.

Chabad of Manhasset offers Jewish education, outreach and social service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations.

For more information, contact Rabbi Mendel Paltiel, at 516-984-0701 or visit chabadmanhasset.com.

Submitted by the Chabad of Manhasset

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