Riverhead Town 225th Anniversary Exhibition (1792-2017)
On exhibit in our Weathervane Gallery thru December 22
This special celebratory exhibit features photographs, documents, and other artifacts of Riverhead’s past from the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society to commemorate the town’s journey from 1792 to 2017. Fun for the whole family!
Gallery Hours: Weds. through Sat., 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Suffolk County Historical Society Museum
300 W. Main St. Riverhead, NY 11901
Free Event, however registration required at https://peconiclanding.ticketleap.com
Bring your family and friends for a visit with Santa and a special reading of The Night Before Christmas. Enjoy hot apple cider, holiday cookies and caroling. Pajamas welcomed! Presented by Peconic Landing & The Brecknock Hall Foundation.
Congregation Tifereth Israel invites Jews and non-Jews to Mitchell Park on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m., to witness the lighting of Greenport’s Hanukkah menorah, which is taking place this year on the sixth night of the eight-night holiday.
In the spirit of ecumenism, the menorah will remain lighted throughout the holiday season, sharing the park with the Village’s Christmas tree in a display of friendship and respect among religions. With that in mind, the synagogue invites all those who attend the menorah lighting in the park to join the members and friends of the congregation for a Hanukkah party in the community room of the synagogue. Latkes (potato pancakes) and jelly doughnuts — traditional foods associated with Hanukkah — will be served.
Rabbi Gadi Capela, spiritual leader of the synagogue, will lead those attending the menorah lighting ceremony in blessings and songs of the holiday. Scheduled to participate in the Mitchell Park program are synagogue president Adrianne Greenberg and other local dignitaries.
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, called the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after desecration by Antiochus IV during the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah also is a reminder of the miracle that took place then. With only enough consecrated oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day, the oil burned for eight days — the length of time needed to press, prepare and consecrate sacred oil.
In recognition of the importance of oil in this holiday, observers prepare and eat foods deep-fried in oil, such as potato pancakes and jelly doughnuts. Other celebrations associated with Hanukkah include playing the Dreidel (a kind of top) Game, exchanging gifts, and giving gelt (money), commemorated by small net bags of gold foil-covered chocolate coins.
For more information about the menorah lighting in Mitchell Park, call the synagogue at 631-477-0232.