Happy Chanukah

The Human Dreidel Spins in the Subway [VIDEO]

Posted December 5, 2018 at 5:02 am

In which the celebration of Chanukah is taken to new heights. A straphanger snapped some quick footage of the human dreidel in action on Monday, spinning around the platform of the 14th Street IRT Station. He later boarded the train and continued spinning away, with other passengers trying to comprehend what was happening. Hope he […]

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Celebrate Chanukah with 150 Eclectic Menorahs at the Eldridge Street Synagogue

Posted December 13, 2017 at 5:17 am

Chanukah has arrived, and with it, over one-hundred-fifty menorahs for a special holiday exhibit at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. “Let There Be Light!,” as it’s called, is a collection of quirky and one-of-a-kind menorahs on loan from the Lori and David Moore family, who have amassed the eclectic array as part of an annual family […]

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How One Lower East Sider Forever Changed Chanukah with ‘I Have a Little Dreidel’

Last modified December 29, 2016 at 8:36 am

Each year, when gathering for the Jewish Festival of Lights, candles are lit, latkes (and chocolate gelt) eaten, and traditional songs sung. One such number never fades. And we’re not talking about Adam Sandler’s comedic Chanukah rhyme, either. Rather, “I Have a Little Dreidel,” a folk ditty that was born on the Lower East Side […]

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Menorah Returns to the Center of Delancey Street for Chanukah

Posted December 7, 2015 at 10:34 am

Today is the first day of Chanukah, the Jewish “festival of lights.” As in years past, Chabad Lower East Side erected two life-size menorahs in the neighborhood to mark the holiday. Both ornaments are placed in highly-visible locations – right off the Williamsburg Bridge on Delancey Street, and just off the FDR at Grand Street. […]

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There is Now a Menorah Sitting in the Middle of Delancey Street

Posted December 15, 2014 at 5:39 am

More holiday cheer… For the third year running, a life-size menorah now sits in the Delancey median at Suffolk Street. All the bulbs are currently illuminated ahead of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, which begins Tuesday at sundown. The Lower East Side chapter of Chabad is responsible for the placement. To celebrate the “miracle of lights,” […]

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In Which the Pickle Guys Create the Best Menorah Ever

Posted November 29, 2013 at 9:35 am

We made our weekly pickle run the other day on Essex Street, and were pleased to see this amazing menorah. The Pickle Guys fashioned this bad boy completely from pickles to help celebrate Chanukah. Technically it’s missing one candle, but whatever. Still great.

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Today is Also the First Day of Chanukah, Oy Vey!

Posted November 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Chanukah and Thanksgiving! Probably not again in our lifetimes. From Chabad.org Chanukah was declared a Jewish national holiday 2,178 years ago. Thanksgiving was declared a national American holiday on the last Thursday of every November by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Before then, Thanksgiving was celebrated on different dates in different states, so we won’t count […]

Empire State Building Burning Blue

Posted December 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

And now here’s an obligatory photo of the Empire State Building in the clouds, its newfangled LED candles burning blue for the Jewish holiday of Chanukah. Shot last night near Bryant Park.

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Chabad LES Plants Menorah in Delancey Street Median

Posted December 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

This year, Chabad Lower East Side opted for the more ambitious route to celebrate Chanukah in the public square.

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“Bubala Please” Brings Gangsta Style Latkes for Chanukah [VIDEO]

Posted December 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

Chanukah starts on Saturday evening, so if you’re thinking of making latkes, first consult the internets.

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