The 11 victims of the Oct. 27 Pittsburgh shooting will be remembered in Roslyn this Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m., as 11 Pittsburgh police officers — who were among the first responders to the shooting — will light the tallest menorah on Long Island at Chabad of Roslyn, 75 Powerhouse Rd, Roslyn Heights, N.Y.
Prominent local elected officials and law enforcement will also attend the lighting, which is being billed as a show of solidarity with the Pittsburgh community and a display of Jewish pride in the face of rising antisemitism.
“The light of the menorah reminds us that when the forces of light and good encounter darkness and hate, without fail light will always prevail,” said Rabbi Aaron Konikov, Director of Chabad of Roslyn. “The nature of light is that it is always victorious over darkness. If one hate-filled person created such darkness and pain, imagine the impact of so many more people united in doing good.”
The event will include the menorah lighting, which will pay tribute to the lives that were lost and honor the brave officers who risked their lives to save others, as well as traditional Hanukkah treats and lively Hanukkah music.
Today, the unprecedented public display of Hanukkah has become a staple of Jewish cultural and religious life, forever altering the American practice and awareness of the festival. Roslyn’s menorah is one of more than 15,000 large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad in more than 100 countries around the world, including in front of landmarks such as the White House, the Eiffel Tower, and the Kremlin helping children and adults of all walks of life discover and enjoy the holiday message
For more information about Hanukkah and a local schedule of events visit www.ChabadRoslyn.com/Hanukkah.