2003-12-12 / Community

Holiday Lights Lit In Far Rockaway

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg
Holiday Lights Lit In Far Rockaway By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor


Tony Berkel of the RDRC prepares to light all of the holiday lights at the ceremony.Tony Berkel of the RDRC prepares to light all of the holiday lights at the ceremony.

With a flick of a switch, the holiday season officially came to downtown Far Rockaway this past Thursday at the Sixth Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony in the triangle at the intersection of Beach 20 Street at Mott and Central Avenues. In addition to the lighting of the Christmas tree, the holiday display also includes a Menorah and Kinara to celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa respectively.

Curtis Archer, the Director of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, hosted the event.

"This is the time for all faiths to come together and try to live as one," said Archer, who asked that everyone there remember those serving overseas and their families.

Among those attending the event were community leaders, representatives of the 101st Precinct (including Captain Walter Salowski), Pastor Leslie Mullins of the Community Church of the Nazarene (who gave the opening and closing prays) and the students of the Advantage After School Program.


RDRC Executive Director Curtis Archer speaks at the ceremony.RDRC Executive Director Curtis Archer speaks at the ceremony.

The Menorah will be lit on the first night of Hanukkah on December 19 and the Kinara will be lit on December 26.

Following the lighting ceremony, a reception was held in North Fork Bank just opposite the holiday display site. Rabbi Robert Kaplan of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Coalition for Far Rockaway offered words for the holiday at the reception.

The Coalition for Far Rockaway, The Rockaway East Merchants Association, the Deerfield Civic Association and the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation sponsored the holiday lighting ceremony.


Rabbi Robert Kaplan of the Jewish Community Relations Council offered words of inspiration.— All Photos By Miriam Rosenberg.Rabbi Robert Kaplan of the Jewish Community Relations Council offered words of inspiration.— All Photos By Miriam Rosenberg.Students from the Advantage After-School Program attended the ceremony.Students from the Advantage After-School Program attended the ceremony.

Pastor Leslie Mullins offers prayers prior to the ceremony.Pastor Leslie Mullins offers prayers prior to the ceremony.Community leaders gather to celebrate the holiday season.Community leaders gather to celebrate the holiday season.

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