Friday, December 11, 2020

Bogota Menorah Lighting

 11-December-2020

 On Thursday-10- December the Borough of Bogota held their annual Menorah lighting. This took place in front of the Borough Hall, with a Menorah provided by the Chabad House of Teaneck.  The ceremony began with a welcoming message by  Rabbi Ephraim Simon from the Chabad House. Rabbi Simon thanked Bogota Mayor Chris Kelemen for inviting him and his  Congregation to celebrate this first night of Hanukkah in Bogota. the Rabbi continued his message by saying that on this evening many other ceremonies, like this one are, taking place all over the world to shine the light of Peace and brotherhood in a very difficult year. Rabbi Simon also made a point of saying that this year, in Berlin Germany, a large Menorah was lit 75 years after the darkness of the Holocaust.  Next Bogota Mayor Chris Kelemen welcome their neighbors from Teaneck to be apart of the Borough's newest Holiday celebration. He thanked the Rabbi for sharing this moment, as neighbors together as one.
  To begin the lighting  Rabbi Simon gave the honour of lighting the Shamash to Mayor Kelemen. The two men held the "candle" together in front of the Menorah, then the Bogota Mayor ignited the premier light of the season. Next came the lighting of the first of eight candles that symbolized  the eight days of Hanukkah. This honour was given to Freddy Noy as he 
accepted the opportunity to be apart of the ceremony. When the this was accomplished there was music and dancing, from the small number of officials, to celebrate the start of the Holiday. 
    Replays of the Menorah lighting can be seen at Bogota NJ Families”  facebook page.

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