A ‘Festival of Lights’ marred by ugly disruptions earlier this week went as planned in Fairfield Tuesday night.
Three-men holding Nazi flags, shouted obscenities during Sunday night’s menorah lighting ceremony on the Fairfield Green. Those who witnessed this want to put the ugliness behind them.
On the 5th night of Hanukkah, with police lining the streets, Rabbi Sholom Stock lit the menorah in Fairfield.
It was a peaceful ceremony unlike on Sunday at Sherman Green when three masked men wearing all black unfurled large banners with a swastika and other Nazi emblems on them; they stood across the street from the menorah lighting.
“The hooligans that came in and wanted to disturb the ceremony, it was a shock that it was in our town. So I came in to show support and to make sure that it didn’t happen again,” said Sam Shoshan of Fairhaven.
Nearly 100 people showed up from many different faiths, different towns, to support the Jewish community in Fairfield for Tuesday night’s menorah lighting; not only singing traditional Hanukkah songs but the Star Spangled Banner to show solidarity against hate.
“People wanted to show support that they don’t approve of the bigotry and they don’t approve of those who want to stomp out freedom of religion; which is one of the principals that the country is based on,” said Rabbi Stock.