In a blunder that clearly showed a lack of knowledge surrounding Jewish culture, the New York City Council confused Yom Kippur with Chanukah in a social media post showing a menorah.
The post from the New York City Council featured “Happy Yom Kippur” alongside an image of a Menorah, which was wrongly placed and caught the attention of Jewish reporter Jacob Kornbluh.
In response, Kornbluh retweeted the post and wrote, “OYYYY @NYCCouncil (Yom Kippur is not Hanukkah and the Day of Atonement is not necessarily “happy”)”
Kornbluh, in his post, made the observation that Yom Kippur is not typically viewed by Jews as a “happy” and festive day, but rather a serious and solemn day of judgment and atonement.
The Council then apologized for the error and said, “We acknowledge the error of our previous post on #YomKippur and thank all those who brought it to our attention. We sincerely hope all New Yorkers observing this Day of Atonement have an easy and meaningful fast.”
Soon afterward, the Council’s Instagram page deleted the botched post and replaced it with a more apropos message wishing New York Jews a “g’mar chatima tovah”.