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Former mayor David Nyce building new menorah for Greenport synagogue

11/24/2015 5:23 PM |

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It took more than a year of planning and six months of construction, but a new — and in true North Fork spirit, locally crafted — menorah will grace Mitchell Park this December in celebration of Hanukkah.

Congregation Tifereth Israel of Greenport has commissioned former Greenport Mayor David Nyce, an artisan furniture maker by trade, to create the holiday symbol to replace the temple’s aging menorah. Nyce has volunteered his time, while the synagogue will pick up the materials cost.

The result is seven-foot-tall, four-foot-wide cedar menorah with brass light bulb bases. When it is installed in Mitchell Park next month, the wooden structure will rest in a custom-made, powder-coated steel base and will remain lit adjacent to the village’s Christmas tree throughout the holiday season.

Read more about Mr. Nyce’s plans on northforker.com.

Photo caption: Former Greenport Mayor David Nyce has built a seven-foot-tall cedar and metal menorah for Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport. The menorah will be lit during a ceremony in Mitchell Park at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

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