MANHATTAN, New York (WABC) -- The first night of Hanukkah also marked the two-month anniversary since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, and while much of the conflict has resulted in division, rabbis and faith leaders across New York City hoped to represent unity.
At Temple Emanuel on the East Side Thursday night, Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders came together to light the first candle of Hanukkah and celebrate an interfaith brotherhood.
In a time of tense and deadly conflict, they stressed common purpose on this Jewish holiday.
In Columbus Circle, hundreds gathered with an altogether different menorah, one with the message and prayer of a ceasefire in its heart.
Rabbi's for Ceasefire and other Jewish faith groups, implored both sides in Gaza to stop the killing.
Many feel like their calls for peace make them outcasts in the Jewish community, but they have found comfort in what they believe is a just cause.
Meanwhile in New Jersey, the city of Paterson, which has one of the largest Palestinian communities in the U.S. and once had a Jewish population over 18,000, the menorah lighting had a special meaning for a community with so much diversity.