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Shining A Light On Antisemitism



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Every Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council in Connecticut — plus JFACT, ADL Connecticut, and a host of interfaith partners — have joined forces this Hanukkah season to shine a light on antisemitism.

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, celebrates the freedom to live and worship as one chooses. Increasingly, however, that freedom is threatened by bigotry and hate.

People are stronger when they work together.

Through December 6, Shine A Light CT invites everyone to create a photo or video of themselves holding any kind of light, and then post that content on social media and use the hashtag #ShineALightCT to spread positivity.

Whether lighting a candle, turning on a flashlight, illuminating a lantern, or any form of creating a light, organizers want everyone to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community.

On Monday, December 6, “Shine A Light on Antisemitism” will be a free, online, statewide program offered from 7:30 to 8:40 pm. Cantor Julia Cadrain of Temple Israel will sing a song; Oren Jacobson, cofounder of Project Shema, will offer a presentation; and Ellie Cooper, a recent college graduate and ADL volunteer, will share a personal story.

The webinar is being presented by The Jewish Federations of Greater Hartford & Greater New Haven, Eastern Connecticut, Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, Upper Fairfield, and Western Connecticut; The Jewish Community Relations Councils of Greater Hartford & Greater New Haven, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, and Upper Fairfield; ADL Connecticut, and The Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT), in partnership with NAACP Connecticut Chapter, Urban League of Greater Hartford, The Archdiocese of Hartford, The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford, and Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding (CCIU).

Registration is requested and can be done through shinealightct.org.

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To conclude a collective effort to shine the light on antisemitism across the state, a free online program will be offered Monday, December 6.
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