Chanukah Celebrations Continue with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

On December 18th, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted his annual celebration of the holiday of miracles: Chanukah. As in the past, the Borough President stressed the importance of ecumenicalism and diversity in the borough of The Bronx.

Students from The Kinneret Day School, under the leadership of conductor Brian Gelfand, presented a beautiful musical tribute to Chanukah. Mr. Asher Abramowitz, Principal of Kinnerat was present to welcome all to the celebration by his students.

Many leaders from the Jewish community and other communities were present. Among those from the Bronx Jewish Community Council were Brad Silver, Executive Vice President, and David Edelstein, Program Director. Also there was Food Pantry and Community Services, Arlene Salman who served as emcee for the program.

Rabbi Michael Miller, Executive Vice President & CEO of The Jewish Relations Council of NY, gave a heartwarming speech thanking Borough President Diaz for his magnificent job in making sure that the Jewish community of The Bronx and all communities received the services they deserve. The Honorable Amir Sagie, Deputy Consul General of Israel spoke and thanked the Borough President for his support of Israel and the Jewish peoples.

The Borough President has been very involved in working with the Bronx Jewish Community Council in serving the needs of the poor and elderly. That is what we call A Mitzvah (a Good Deed).

Bronx representatives joined in on the festivities like, NYS Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, NYC Councilmember Andrew Cohen, several judges and, most importantly, individuals from throughout the Borough. Rabbi Greenberg officiated the lighting of the Chanukah candles. The traditional Jewish food of latkes was served as well as donuts and coffee.

After the lighting in the rotunda of Borough Hall, a Bronx Menorah was lit outside of Borough Hall, where it will shine bright as the Jewish community and all communities of the Bronx continue to celebrate Chanukah.

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