Pittsburgh Celebrates Chanukah with Annual Menorah Parade and Festival


Free holiday event features menorah lighting, live music and family activities 

Pittsburgh – Chabad of Western PA and Bnai Emunoh Chabad have partnered with the Waterfront Shopping Center to celebrate the Festival of Chanukah on December 28 under the Homestead Grays bridge at The Waterfront. The festival will run from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and will include live music, a heated tent with food vendors, games provided by Dave & Buster’s, activities for the kids with Paint Monkey and a special grand menorah lighting.

“Historically, the Jewish Festival of Chanukah commemorates the liberation and rededication of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, and is marked by the lighting of an eight-pronged menorah,” said Rabbi Elchonon Friedman of Bnai Emmunoh Chabad. “Our local celebration at The Waterfront merges two of our community’s most cherished holiday traditions and we expect this year’s event to be one of our most memorable.”

The event will be preceded by the annual Menorah Parade, featuring nearly 100 vehicles adorned with menorahs. Sponsored by Chabad of Pittsburgh and Yeshiva Schools, the parade will begin at 4:45 p.m. in front of Rodef Shalom in Shadyside and will proceed through Squirrel Hill and Shadyside until eventually arriving at The Waterfront Shopping Center for the grand menorah lighting.

The lighting of the 12-foot grand menorah will take place at 5:45 p.m. City and county officials, including Congressman Mike Doyle, along with other community dignitaries will light the menorah. 

The menorah lighting will be followed by a full outdoor concert, featuring 8th Day, a popular Jewish – Chassidic rock band famous for its YouTube hits Ya’lili and Hooleh, led by Shmuli and Bentzi Marcus.

“Having the ability to share our outdoor space with the surrounding communities is very important to us at The Waterfront,” said Carey Kann, general manager at The Waterfront. “We feel very fortunate to play such a special role in this important holiday celebration.”

The Chanukah Festival & Concert, is being co-sponsored by the three Jewish day schools: Yeshiva Schools, Hillel Academy and Community Day Schools, as well as the Friendship Circle, Shalom Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Food Pantry and the Chabad centers of the greater Pittsburgh area.

The event is free and open to the public.

 Event Timeline (12/28/16 ):




Menorah Parade

Begins at Rodef Shalom in Shadyside; concludes at The Waterfront Shopping Center

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.

Menorah Lighting

The Waterfront Shopping Center

5:45 – 6:15 p.m.

Full festival/concert

The Waterfront Shopping Center

5 – 9 p.m.

About The Waterfront:
The Waterfront is a super-regional open-air shopping center located within three boroughs: Homestead, West Homestead, and Munhall outside the City of Pittsburgh. The center sits on land once occupied by U.S. Steel’s Homestead Steel Works plant, which closed in 1987. The development officially opened in 1999. The Waterfront is home to over 70 specialty shops, restaurants, entertainment complexes, hotels, and retailers. The Waterfront was acquired in 2012 by M&J Wilkow and BIG USA Shopping Centers. For more information, visit www.waterfrontpgh.com.


Festival Contact: Bnai Emunoh Chabad  

Rabbi Elchonon Friedman



Parade Contact: Chabad of Pittsburgh

Rabbi Yisroel Altein



Media/Event Contact: The Waterfront

Emily Ludovici          



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