The Menorah gets its first candle of Chanukah, on the Morristown Green

LET THERE BE LIGHT! The first candle of Chanukah is lit on the Morristown Green, Dec. 18, 2022. Photo by Scott Schlosser.


Crowd gathers for the annual Menorah lighting on the Morristown Green. Dec. 18, 2022. Photo by Scott Schlosser.

As Santa was taking his final orders of the season a few yards away, a hearty crowd braved the impending evening chill to welcome Chanukah to the Morristown Green on Sunday.

Rabbi Moishe Gurevitz, of Chabad of Morristown, partnered with the Rabbinical College of America for a Menorah-lighting that promised music, refreshments, a “mad science show” and a “gelt drop” — parachuting bags of candy.

The candy was meant to symbolize the tradition of charity giving, Rabbi Gurevitz said prior to the event.

Such a tradition is needed more than ever to counter the recent rise in antisemitism, he said.

State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-25th Dist.) and Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty at Menorah lighting on the Green, Dec. 18, 2022. Photo by Scott Schlosser.

“What I envision for the future is a world with less ignorance,” Gurevitz said.

“The only way to create a world with less ignorance is by educating children of all faiths so that we can all get along. We can all celebrate light together.”

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, state Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-25th Dist.) and members of Morris Township’s government were among dignitaries who attended.

Happy Chanukah 2022! Menorah on the Morristown Green. Photo by Scot Schlosser