Friday, December 23, 2011

Instead of one day of presents, they have eight crazy nights

Borough President Diaz (center), Rabbi Israel Greenberg (left),
and New York Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman (right),
lit the menorah to commemorate the Jewish holiday.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., together with New York Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman and the Bronx's Jewish leaders, hosted the borough’s annual Chanukah celebration at Borough Hall yesterday, the third day in the Festival of Lights.

"The celebration of Chanukah reminds us that we can triumph over oppression of all kinds, no matter what the odds," Waldman said. "It is a triumph of a little light over total darkness."

Diaz echoed that statement, saying one of the reasons for this celebration is "to understand the history of the Festival of Lights."

He also spoke about his past visit to Israel, saying "there is no better way to see the beauty of Israel than with your own eyes.

Traditional Chanukah foods, such as latkes and jelly donuts, were served. The event also featured a musical performance from world-renowned recording artist Dafka Israel-Potok and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Community Choir.

Jump below for a few more pictures of the event.

Waldman has spent the greater part of her twenty five year career overcoming all the obstacles that go along with being a female sports broadcaster, and has risen to the top of her profession. She is the only woman doing radio color commentary for a MLB team. Waldman is the first woman to broadcast a World Series and is prominently featured in the Women and Baseball room in Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Among the guests were (left to right) Judge Doug McKeon,
City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz,
Waldman and Greenberg.

Rabbi Greenberg speaking to the crowd.

This menorah sits outside borough hall.

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