A crowd of hundreds parties on Church Street this year at Chabad Montclair ‘s “Fire and Ice” Hanukkah party, celebrating the miracle of the light over darkness with music, food, fire and a six-foot ice menorah.

The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “dedication.” It celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple after the Maccabees recaptured Jerusalem, and one night’s worth of blessed oil for the eternal light lasted for eight days.

This year the first candle of the festival of lights on the menorah was lit by Police Chief Todd Conforti, Sunday night, Dec. 22, and one light is added each night on all menorahs on every night for the eight days, until Dec. 30.

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