U.S. Senator Charles Schumer returned to his neighborhood of Park Slope to light the vaunted Hanukkah menorah in Grand Army Plaza to the delight of more than a thousand residents jamming the main plaza.
He was assisted at the menorah by Rabbi Shimon Hecht, head of the Park Slope Chabad. Also on hand was Borough President Eric Adams and local City Councilman Brad Lander.
The crowd was treated to the traditional potato latkes courtesy of the Chabad. Residents danced with the famous Dancing Dreidels and sang for the holiday.
Adams said the lighting was even more important as it stands “as a light against anti-Semitism.” He said at a time when hate is in the news, they are even more vigilant that Brooklyn, “with the largest Jewish community, will never tolerate hate.”