While this event takes place at the Bronx County Courthouse, due to construction the Annual Chanukah lighting was moved this year to the Riverdale This year Chanukah falls on Saturday night which happens to be the same day as Christmas Eve. Rabbi Greenberg of the Bronx Jewish Community Council said that the Bronx tradition dates back to 1987 with then Bronx Borough President Freddy Ferrer. The photos should tell the rest of the story.
Above - The SAR Academy Elementary School Choir anxiously awaits their chance to sing.
Below - The Choir sang several songs including both national anthems of the United States and the State of Israel.
Above - You can see the smiles on the students as they sing.
Below - Ms. Arlene Salmon of the BJCC was the Mistress of Ceremonies.
Above - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Below - Congressman Eliot Engel.
Above - Rabbi Greenberg says the Chanukah prayer.
Below - Rabbi Greenberg helps Bronx BP Diaz light the first candle.
Above - Congressman Engel lights one of the candles.
Below - Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz lights another candle.