The Roslyn community kicked off the most wonderful time of the year Monday night with their Annual Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony.
The festivities began next to the Roslyn Clock Tower, where religious, business and government officials shared remarks about the upcoming holidays.
“We just want to remind you all that this is the Greater Roslyn community.” Roslyn Chamber of Commerce President Richard Branciforte said. “We’re all neighbors. I’ve lived here for 43 years and I always enjoy meeting people on the street who are either new residents or new businesses.”
Rabbi Cara Weinstein Rosenthal of Temple Beth Sholom explained the origins of Hanukkah and the significance of the menorah.
“The ancient rabbis wanted an increasing amount of light to be lit over the course of the Hanukkah holiday to symbolize that at the darkest, coldest time of year, we are symbolically bringing light back into the world,” she said. “And in doing that, we are bringing joy back into the world and we are bringing peace back into the world.”
Father George Sherrill of Trinity Episcopal Church agreed with Rosenthal, stressing that the world needs light and community right now. After he led the crowd in prayer, choirs from Roslyn High School and Trinity Episcopal Church led caroling sessions of holiday songs.
After the event concluded, Delicacies Gourmet provided attendees with free hot chocolate, coffee and other goods inside their store.