"Chanukah Pop-Up Shop" Opens in Brooklyn's Park Slope

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Dec. 14–24 Chanukah Pop-Up Center in Park Slope Features Latkes, Artisanal Donuts, Gifts & Supplies, Kids Activities & Evening Candle-Lighting of World’s Largest Menorah

Brooklyn’s first-ever Chanukah “pop-up shop” opens this week featuring free latke potato pancakes, artisanal donuts, gifts and supplies for sale, crafts and activities for kids, and evening festivities for adults. The Chanukah Pop-Up Center, which runs Dec. 14-24, is located at 107A 7th Ave at the corner of President St. in Park Slope. http://www.chabadparkslope.com/popup

In addition to the Chanukah Pop-Up Center, there will be a Chanukah candle lighting of the world’s largest Menorah each night at 6:00pm (except Friday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 7:00pm) at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza. Both the Chanukah Pop-up Center and Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting are a project of Chabad of Park Slope.

Featuring a full slate of activities like Menorah building and painting, and Chanukah essentials like Menorahs, candles and gifts for sale, the Chanukah Pop-Up Center offers Jewish people of all backgrounds a chance to engage with the meaning, history and contemporary context of one of Judaism’s most beloved and widely-celebrated holidays.

“The lighting of the Chanukah Menorah recognizes one of the world’s greatest truths, which is that a little light can overpower much darkness,” said Rabbi Shimon Hecht, Rabbi of Park Slope’s Congregation B’nai Jacob and President of Rabbinical Committee of Brownstone Brooklyn, who created the pop-up center. “We want to spread a message of hope that Chanukah represents as a symbol of the triumph of freedom over tyranny, and good over evil.”

The prominent location at 7th Ave and President St. in the heart of Park Slope, generously provided by Berman Realty, will be home to the Chanukah Pop-Up Center for just under two weeks.

“The Chanukah Pop-Up Center will be a place where Jewish people from all backgrounds can celebrate, discuss, learn and grow, or just hang out,” said Rabbi Menashe Wolf, the Melbourne, Australia, native and current Park Slope resident who organized the initiative. “It’s a place where Jewish people can come to connect and engage outside of the synagogue.”

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