Peconic riverfront menorah lighting set for Wednesday night

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The menorah on the riverfront will be lit Wednesday night, the first night of Hanunkkah.

All are invited to join Temple Israel of Riverhead’s public celebration of Hanukkah at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the Peconic riverfront.

About 15 minutes will be spent around the menorah singing songs and saying prayers. Participants are then invited back to Temple Israel to enjoy food and beverages, including traditional potato pancakes and donuts. Rabbi William Siemers said for the Jewish people Hannukah is, “the brightest holiday at the darkest time of year.”

“At the most difficult time, we look for the light that burns the brightest,” he said.

The lighting marks the temple’s second public menorah-lighting event.

The eight-day Hanukkah celebration started Tuesday.

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