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Jay-Z’s Brooklyn menorah

Six Degrees (No Bacon), JTA

Posted on Oct. 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Jay-Z performs at the newly built Barclays Center in the Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 28. Photo by REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Jay-Z performs at the newly built Barclays Center in the Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 28. Photo by REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Jay-Z lit up the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn not only with his performance but a menorah. The rapper, a part owner of the arena and its main tenants, the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, put in a special request for his debut performance, wanting to light a candle for each of the eight nights he performed there (even with Chanukah nearly two months away).

Who provided the menorah?

That would be Brooklynite Amit Wehle, whose brother-in-law is the concert producer. Before the first show, Jay-Z stopped by Wehle’s apartment to thank him and offer two VIP tickets to his performance the next night. Also noteworthy at the new arena: two homecoming concerts by Barbra Streisand, a native of the borough's Flatbush section.

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