'Symbol of light and hope': Shelton Chabad brings menorah lighting to Huntington Green

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SHELTON — Chabad Jewish Center of Shelton celebrated Hanukkah on Sunday — the fourth night of the eight-day holiday — by lighting a 9-foot menorah on the Huntington Green.

The scope of the ceremony was limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Rabbi Shneur Brook, director the Chabad of Shelton and Monroe, said the lighting was done to offer a message of hope during what for many is a difficult time.

“The menorah serves as a symbol of light and hope for us today amid the darkness of the pandemic, as it did for generations before us,” Brook said.

“The flames of the menorah shine out into the night, reminding us that even when confronted with much darkness, a tiny light can dispel it all,” Brook added. “Another act of goodness and kindness, another act of light, can make all the difference.”

Chabad of Shelton and Monroe also distributed menorahs, candles and Hanukkah-at-home kits to those celebrating at home.

This year, Brook said the holiday has added significance as so many will be isolated at home on Hanukkah amid the pandemic.

“As the Rebbe — Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson — would often teach, the menorah is a reminder that light can be brought to the darkest of times, and uniquely, at the core of the holiday’s observance is sharing the light with others who may not be experiencing it,” Brook added.

Throughout the pandemic, Chabad of Shelton and Monroe provided social, humanitarian and spiritual support to local families, Brook said. The COVID-safe menorah lighting is the latest of its programs, including Seder-To-Go kits and Shofar in the park for the High Holidays.