SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Thursday, Dec. 29, a lively group gathered in South Orange's Spiotta Park to light the sixth candle on the menorah, celebrating the sixth night of the Hanukkah holiday.
South Orange Village Trustee Steve Schnall welcomed all to the event, extending greetings from South Orange Village President Sheena Collum, who was out of town and unable to attend, as well as introducing trustees in attendance: Walter Clarke, Jeff DuBowy, Howard Levison and Mark Rosner.
Rabbis from the three South Orange congregations all took part in the ceremony: Rabbi Jesse Olitzky from Congregation Beth El, Rabbi Mark Cooper of Congregation Oheb Shalom, and Ali Klein of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel.
Rabbi Cooper greeted all and shared a few remarks, followed by Rabbi Klein who added her greeting and led all assembled in holiday songs. Rabbi Olitzky lit six candles on the menorah, and then led all in the chanting of the Hanukkah blessings.
Throughout the evening, the South Orange Village Center Alliance provided coffee, hot chocolate, and jelly donuts.
The menorah, which had been vandalized on Dec. 28, had been repaired by the South Orange Department of Public Works, and shone brightly.