Holidays in the ‘Burgh

Photos: Dozens of menorah-topped cars parade through Pittsburgh for Hanukkah

“Harnessing that holiday spirit and keeping these traditions alive is what will help us heal and move forward.”

Dozens of cars parade through Pittsburgh.

Dozens of cars parade through Pittsburgh.

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Dozens of cars adorned with menorahs paraded through the streets of Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Greenfield and Homestead on Tuesday evening for the annual Grand Menorah Parade, waving to onlookers and playing music in celebration of Hanukkah.

The parade began at Rodef Shalom and ended at The Waterfront Shopping Center, and the route navigated past Tree of Life synagogue where just a month ago, 11 people were killed in a mass shooting. It’s been called the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history and is being treated as a hate crime.

At the Waterfront, 11 candles were lit in memory of the victims, and donations were collected to benefit the Jewish Federation’s Victims of Terror Fund.

“Our entire region was hurt in the worst possible way this year. We’ve lost some really wonderful people and we’re reminded of that daily,” Rabbi Elchonon Friedman of Greenfield’s Bnai Emunoh Chabad said in a news release. “But as a community we need events like this to show we will always be united in our faith. Chanukah is a beloved tradition and the families in our congregation look forward to celebrating with loved ones every year. This year, that does not change.”

Event-goers lit a 12-foot grand menorah and celebrated Hanukah with live music, food, and activities like painting demos, axe-throwing, and games.

“It’s been a difficult few months for our region as we recover from the anti-Semitic attack on three Pittsburgh congregations,” Adam Hertzman, director of marketing of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, said in a statement. “As we head into the holiday season, it’s important to remember that we have community support and the strength of Jewish tradition. Harnessing that holiday spirit and keeping these traditions alive is what will help us heal and move forward.”

Shlomo and Srully Jacobs prepare their car for the festivities.

Shlomo and Srully Jacobs prepare their car for the festivities.

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Ariel Shkedi prepares for the parade.

Ariel Shkedi carries a large menorah through the parking lot. He made this menorah, along with several others featured in the parade.

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Rubin Bassman ready for the parade.

Rubin Bassman is ready for the parade.

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The parade is an annual tradition.

The parade is an annual tradition.

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Cars lined up and ready to go.

Cars line up, ready to parade to The Waterfront.

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Adorned with Hanukkah decorations, cars prepare to leave Rodef Shalom.

Adorned with Hanukkah decorations, cars leave Rodef Shalom.

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Participants waved and played music.

Participants wave and play music along the route.

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The festival of lights.

The festival of lights.

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The parade route passed Tree of Life synagogue.

The parade route passes Tree of Life synagogue.

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A large crowd gathers for the festival at The Waterfront.

A large crowd gathers for the festival at The Waterfront.

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11 candles were lit in memory of the Tree of Life victims.

11 candles are lit in memory of the Tree of Life victims.

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This grand menorah stands 12 feet tall.

This grand menorah stands 12 feet tall.

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Nissim Black headlined the show.

Nissim Black headlining the show.

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The crowd cheers for headliner and rap artist Nissim Black.

The crowd cheers for headliner and rap artist Nissim Black.

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Live music for the festivities.

The Taylor Allderdice marching band performs.

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Paint Monkey offered painting demonstrations.

Free painting demonstrations from Paint Monkey, popular for kids of all ages.

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