With the first night of Chanukah just around the corner, NCSY today announced its participation in an incredible opportunity as it attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the most menorahs lit at the same time in honor of the Festival of Lights.
NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union.
This weekend, from Friday December 7-Sunday, December 9, New York NCSY based in Cedarhurst, Long Island, and Atlantic Seaboard NCSY based in Baltimore, will partner to bring more than 500 teens from both public and yeshiva day schools to the Stamford Hilton Hotel in Connecticut for its annual Winter Regional Shabbaton. In order to set a new world record on Saturday night, December 8, close to 1,000 menorahs will need to be lit simultaneously.
Teens and adults from Long Island, Westchester, the Five Boroughs of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Rochester, NY will be in attendance.
Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, Regional Director of New York NCSY, originated the idea to break the Guinness World Record. He felt that “teens celebrating their first Chanukah would be even more inspired by their first menorah lighting if they felt like they were making a global Kiddush Hashem (sanctification of God’s name) by participating in beating the Guinness World Record.”
Rabbi Lightstone also noted, “With generous sponsorship, NCSY has purchased all of the menorahs and candles for the event and all of the participants are invited to keep their menorahs for use throughout the rest of the holiday. For many teens in attendance, this momentous occasion will mark the first time they will have ever lit a menorah and said the candle lighting brachot (blessings), which will be both projected and transliterated for those who do not know Hebrew.”
Participation in the Chanukah event on Saturday is also open to the community and is expected to begin at 7:00 p.m.