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.”