Federation to hold drive-up Hanukkah event on Dec. 13

By Reporter staff

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold a communitywide drive-up Hanukkah event in the Jewish Community Center parking lot, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal, on Sunday, December 13, at 4:30 pm. The event will include a candle lighting of a 9-foot LED lit chanukiah and the traditional blessings. Rabbi Benny Kelman will perform Hanukkah music. Doughnuts and chocolate will be passed out directly to people in their vehicles. If there are weather-related questions about whether the event will take place, check the Federation website at www.jfgb.org. A notice will also be send out via a Federation e-mail blast. Anyone who wishes to be placed on the e-mail blast list should contact the Federation at director@jfgb.org.

People are asked to arrive early since they will be directed where to park their cars. For everyone’s safety, people will be asked to remain in their cars during the event. Anyone leaving their vehicle must wear a mask. Organizers also noted that the JCC will be closed, so no bathrooms will be available. Partnering in the event are Beth David Synagogue, the Jewish Community Center, the Rohr Chabad Center, Temple Concord and Temple Israel.

“I am so excited that we’ve found a fun, safe way for the community to get together for Hanukkah,” said Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Federation. “I’m looking forward to a wonderful event that will allow us to celebrate in person while still staying safe.” 

Chabad’s menorah parade will follow the event. The procession will include dozens of vehicles featuring menorahs atop their roofs and will make its way throughout Vestal, culminating in downtown Binghamton. Anyone interested in taking part in the parade should RSVP at www.JewishBU.com/MenorahParade.