Elected officials, area clergymen and dozens of onlookers gathered on Sunday night to watch the lighting of a 16-foot-tall menorah at Federoff Triangle on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Chabad of Rego Park Rabbi Eli Blokh spoke to the crowd, which also included Congresswoman Grace Meng.
Five of the menorah’s candles were lit to recognize the fifth night of Chanukah and Woodside resident Harry Bieber was also honored for his service in Israel’s War of Independence.
“I think it’s wonderful, it’s truly great,” Koslowitz said of the ceremony. “Many people are celebrating tonight, including myself.”
In addition to the menorah lighting, people danced, sang and clapped along to music emanating from speakers inside a mini-RV nicknamed the Mitzvah Tank parked at the triangle.
“I’m really proud to represent this community. This is the best district ever,” Meng added. “I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.”