HOLBROOK, NY, AND LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The annual menorah lightings for several local communities will take place virtually this year in a combined online event for Holbrook and Lake Ronkonkoma in the Sachem area plus nearby Bayport / Blue Point and Oakdale.
The virtual menorah lighting will be held during the first night of Hanukkah on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. The event will be led by Rabbi Jessica Rosenthal from B'nai Israel Reform Temple in Oakdale.
Normally, Rabbi Rosenthal would lead separate menorah lightings for in-person community gatherings in coordination with the local chambers of commerce. OnSachem News reported on the gatherings last year led by Rabbi Rosenthal and hosted by the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce and Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic means the community gatherings will be moved online for a live event which will include watching as each community menorah is lit.
Similar to prior in-person lightings, everyone will sing Hanukkah songs and celebrate during the online lighting.
Advance registration is required. To register, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wjOKFGBRTq-eFeIk_mVyng.
A look back at the 2019 menorah lightings in Holbrook and Lake Ronkonkoma
The eight-day celebration of Hanukkah began the evening of Sunday, Dec. 22. Communities throughout the Sachem area began celebrating with outdoor menorah lighting gatherings in Holbrook and Lake Ronkonkoma.