MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Mamaroneck residents braved the rain Sunday for the annual lighting of the Menorah in front of Chabad of Larchmont and Mamaroneck.
Villagers gathered on Boston Post Road as Rabbi Mendel Silberstein lit the second candle of the Menorah. A candle is lit each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.
Silberstien said he was proud that the weather did not keep the crowd away.
"Jews are very proud of their heritage and want to show their kids the love and joy of Hanukkah,” he said.
The festivities included a fire juggling performance by Keith Leaf.
“I can’t believe they stayed out in the rain. We did a show and then an encore at the end. The crowd was great.”
Lauren Azoulay, a member of Chabad, said she has been attending for five years and enjoys events such as these. Her daughter Gabrielle, 5, sang at the lighting.
“We have been coming here for a couple of years and the thing that I love about Chabad is they always have something entertaining for the kids and the kids always love the things they do.”
Village Mayor Norman Rosenblum was among the attendees. He said that gatherings like this one, show a lot about the village as a whole.
“It addresses what the village of Mamaroneck is about. It’s the most diverse community and welcomes everybody”.