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Drone Menorah to Fly at Valley Chabad’s Menorah Lighting

(Courtesy of Valley Chabad) Valley Chabad will fly New Jersey’s first-ever drone menorah, or “Dronora,” at the main Chanukah event outside the River Vale Town Hall on Monday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

“Chanukah’s message is about spreading the warmth and light of the Menorah” explained Rabbi Dov Drizin, Valley Chabad rabbi and executive director, “We want to bring families together to stand proud and tall with their Jewish heritage.”

This year’s Chanukah takes on added significance in the face of growing public antisemitic rhetoric by rapper Kanye West and others. “The drone Menorah idea is an exciting way for the children to enjoy the holiday in a fun, creative way,” continued Rabbi Drizin.

The drone will be flown by airline pilot Kalvin King, the founder and CEO of Alpha Aviation, Inc., a drone and aircraft flight school in Morristown, New Jersey. Alpha Aviation is an MWBE certified company with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “We’re excited to be joining with the Jewish community to enhance the holiday celebration,” King said.

At the event there will be a large menorah lighting. hot food, donuts, latkes, and prizes for children. There will also be the fire truck chocolate gelt (coin) drop.

The River Vale children’s choir will perform Chanukah songs. The event is open to the public and at no charge.

For questions or to RSVP, visit valleychabad.org or call (201) 476.0157.

Valley Chabad will also hold public menorah lightings at the following locations in New Jersey:

Sunday, Dec. 18, 4 p.m., Montvale Train Station, Montvale

Sunday, Dec. 18, 5 p.m., Westwood Train Station. Westwood

Sunday, Dec. 18, 6 p.m., Washington Township Borough Hall

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