Leaders, musicians raise antisemitism awareness with Hanukkah lighting in Times Square

Confirmed guests include 'Real Housewives of New York' star Eboni K. Williams, and recording artists David Broza and the a cappella group Maccabeats.

NEW YORKERS participate in a parade to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, in Times Square in April. (photo credit: CAITLIN OCHS/REUTERS)
NEW YORKERS participate in a parade to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, in Times Square in April.
(photo credit: CAITLIN OCHS/REUTERS)

Elected officials, musicians and community leaders will attend a Hanukkah menorah lighting in Times Square on Monday night, the second night of the Jewish holiday, to raise awareness of the rise in antisemitism.

The event, known as the "Shine a Light" menorah lighting, will be jointly organized by UJA Federation of New York, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, AJC New York, the Anti-Defamation League and the NY Board of Rabbis.

Special performances and synchronized displays on Times Square’s billboards will be featured at the event, which will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The event is part of the "Shine A Light" initiative which highlights the threats of antisemitism through education and advocacy. 

Shine A Light is to light select buildings nationwide yellow, which is the color of candlelight and a symbol of Hanukkah, during the holiday.

 THE 2020 National Menorah is lit near the White House last December. (credit: ERIN SCOTT/REUTERS) THE 2020 National Menorah is lit near the White House last December. (credit: ERIN SCOTT/REUTERS)

Confirmed guests include Real Housewives of New York star Eboni K. Williams, and recording artists David Broza and the a cappella group Maccabeats.