Light motif

Singing, dancing greet menorah


Late on a Sunday afternoon, a rabbi, some politicians and Jewish congregants gathered around the Riverdale Monument to light their own monument, a 23-foot tall menorah created by Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale.

It’s an annual tradition hosted by Rabbi Levi Shemtov for the Hanukkah season, this year taking place last Sunday — the sixth day of the holiday.

While the menorah is quite big, it’s not the tallest. That distinction goes to the menorah that stands in Manhattan’s Midtown, climbing to 32 feet. And that’s a record that can’t be topped, because Jewish law typically prohibits anything taller than that.

Height regulations aside, the menorah at The Monument is a fixture of the community with good cheer and a wealth of dancing.