Wilton taking part in ‘Project Menorah’ in solidarity with Jewish community

Hanukkah is set to begin at the end of the week, but this year's festival of lights is taking place at a dark time in history.

Justin DeVellis, Robyn Karashik and Associated Press

Dec 5, 2023, 1:09 AM

Updated 232 days ago


Hanukkah is set to begin at the end of the week, but this year's festival of lights is taking place at a dark time in history.
"I've heard Jewish people saying maybe I should take off my Jewish star," said Rabbi Nicole Wilson-Spiro. "Maybe just keep quiet, not everybody needs to know."
According to the Associated Press, the Anti-Defamation League has recorded a nearly-quadruple spike in antisemitic incidents since the onset of the Israel-Hamas war. The Biden administration has also called on universities to fight an “alarming rise” in antisemitism and Islamophobia.
That’s why the newly formed Wilton Coalition to Combat Antisemitism is encouraging the entire community to take part in a national campaign to combat hate.
Project Menorah encourages non-Jews to place a menorah, along with other holiday decorations, in their windows or on their front lawns this December to show support for the Jewish community.
It's a grassroots movement that started just a few days ago by a father who said he had to think twice when his son asked him about putting up Hanukkah decorations.
"Whenever I hear that, it hurts, it really hurts,” said Spiro. “I want to live in a place where we're free to express all of the parts of our identity."
Spiro, a member of the coalition, says it’s important to call out hate when we see it and come together as a community.
"Do this small gesture so that when we drive around, we see that our community is here to support us," said Spiro.
She also says Hanukkah was originally a holiday made for fighting for religious tolerance, and this year is even more important to show that light can drive out hate.
"My favorite part of Hanukkah is that each night we shine a little bit brighter,” said Spiro. “We're always working towards making the world better, brighter and full of light."
Organizers say you can take it a step further by posting the photos to social media with the hashtag “Wilton Menorah.”
"It's a perfect opportunity for us as Jews to say 'share in the celebration with us,’” said Spiro. “Put up a menorah in your window and let us know that you see us, you see what we're going through and you want to support us.”
If you don't have a menorah, the coalition has images available online to download and print out.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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