Clinton, NY - The Chabad House of Clinton held its third annual menorah lighting on the Village Green featuring the lighting of a 9 foot tall ice carved menorah on the first night of the holiday.
The menorah is sponsored by brothers Ed and Steven Kowalsky and sculpted by ice carers at The Ice Farm.
"Hanukkah in general, it's beautiful holiday symbolizing light over darkness and bringing that theme into this year where there's so much darkness. We thought of something that was creative and interesting and my wife came up with this idea 'let's do a fire and ice kind of thing' and that's where the ice menorah came about," said Rabbi Didy Waks, Co-director, Chabad House of Clinton.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, guests had to RSVP for the event and were required to wear masks and social distance.
Prepackaged food items were served to attendees who RSVP'd for the first night.
"It was much smaller this year although we got a pretty good showing relatively to what I thought it could be. But it was - it's just different. We couldn't do things we normally would, the way we would normally do, we didn't come together so much. It's very different in terms of that but in terms of spreading light and all of that, same message," said Waks.
Guests were able to take pictures in front of the giant menorah, just one family at a time.
"You can totally celebrate this is an outdoor event, it's freezing cold so that has to be pretty quick but it's outdoors everyone separate. And we light the menorah at home too so everyone should participate in someway during the mitzvah of Hanukkah celebrating the holiday," said Waks.
Chabad will also host lightings Saturday, Sunday and Mnday (December 12-14) at 5:00 pm. Guests are encouraged to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.