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Ben Porat Yosef Sings for Bergen County on Chanukah

Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, executive director of Bris Avrohom (second from left); Dennis Gralla and Leon Kozak, members of Bris Avrohom (third and fourth from left); and Bergen County Executive James Tedesco (center) with Bergen County elected officials and the Ben Porat Yosef choir.

(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) On the fourth day of Chanukah, a menorah was lit at 1 Bergen County Plaza in the presence of the Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, county commissioners and elected officials. Various speakers addressed the crowd illustrating the miracles of Chanukah that occurred in the past and those witnessed today. They elaborated on the need for all to be united and to praise God for all the miracles He performs each day. The county executive stated that he has a zero tolerance stance on antisemitism in Bergen County and asked for a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the terror attack in Israel.

Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, executive director of Bris Avrohom, presented an ornate dreidel to the county executive, a memento of Israel, in an expression of the solidarity between him and the Jewish people. Jason M. Shames, executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, based in Paramus, addressed the crowd at the event.

The highlight of the event was the choir of Ben Porat Yosef of Paramus, directed by Chana Salomon. The children sang songs of Chanukah in both Hebrew and English. The audience responded with a great round of applause. At the conclusion of the event, Rabbi Kanelsky and the county executive distributed $2 bills to the children for Chanukah gelt as well as doughnuts to all the participants.

The event was co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and Bris Avrohom.

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