‘Message of light’: Shelton Chabad brings menorah lighting to Huntington Green

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Rabbi Shneur Brook of Chabad of Shelton & Monroe speaks to those gathered at the annual menorah lighting celebration on the Huntington Green on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.

Rabbi Shneur Brook of Chabad of Shelton & Monroe speaks to those gathered at the annual menorah lighting celebration on the Huntington Green on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.

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SHELTON — The Chabad Jewish Center of Shelton will light a 9-foot Hanukkah menorah on Huntington Green, followed by a community-wide celebration, on Nov. 30, the third night of the eight-day holiday.

The lighting will be at 5:30 p.m. Following the menorah lighting ceremony, there will be fresh hot latkas, doughnuts, holiday goodies, and a giant chocolate coin gelt drop by the local fire department, according to Rabbi Shneur Brook of the Chabad Jewish Center of Shelton.

“The menorah serves as a symbol of Shelton’s dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship God freely, openly, and with pride,” Brook said. “This is true especially in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution.”

The menorah lighting is part of the worldwide Hanukkah campaign, an initiative launched by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, in 1973. The campaign highlights and encourages the central theme of the holiday — publicizing the story of the Hanukkah miracle, Brook said.

“The message of Hanukkah is the message of light,” Leah Brook, co-director at Chabad of Shelton, said. “The nature of light is that it is always victorious over darkness. A small amount of light dispels a lot of darkness. Another act of goodness and kindness, another act of light, can make all the difference.”

Shelton’s menorah is one of more than 15,000 large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad in more than 100 countries around the world, including in front of landmarks such as the White House, the Eiffel Tower, and the Kremlin.

For more information about Hanukkah, to request a free Hanukkah kit, or obtain a local schedule of events, visit JewishShelton.com/chanukah.

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