This story of Chanukah involves motor oil, not candle oil.
Fleetwood Synagogue in Mount Vernon hosted a drive-by Chanukah party on Sunday in a socially distant, COVID-friendly manner to help celebrate the holiday together as best as possible during the pandemic. Rabbi Daniel and Amanda Rosenfelt set up shop in their front yard with tables full of traditional, individually wrapped Chanukah favorites, like jelly and Nutella doughnuts along with other fillings, homemade hot chocolate, wooden dreidels, and chocolate gelt. Congregants drove by safely to pick up their treats.
Kids received toy bags with Chanukah fidget spinners and yo-yos, toy carss and figurines, generously donated by Lenny and Virginia Geller.
Being an outdoor event in December, the Rosenfelts also gave out Chanukah masks, gloves, socks, and scarves.
The non-traditional setting didn’t take away from the joy of Chanukah, even if the parade of cars stopping by made it feel more like the festival of “brake” lights.