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. — by Christopher Barca
Rabbi Eli Blokh, director of Chabad of Rego Park, gets ready to light the menorah.
Rabbi Blokh lights the menorah.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz takes her turn with the torch that lit the menorah.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz with Katz at the menorah lighting.
Rabbi Blokh joins Harry Bieber, third from left, Katz, Koslowitz, Meng, and Vladimir Fulman, left, on Sunday night.