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Local Jewish community gathers for menorah lighting with heavy hearts

Posted at 4:31 PM, Dec 29, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The local Jewish community continued their celebration of Hanukkah with a menorah lighting in Lexington.

They also took time to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community of Monsey, New York after five people were stabbed at a Hanukkah party late Saturday night.

"Anti-Semitism is the world's oldest hatred. So there's nothing new about how people are feeling. What's surprising though, is to find this in America," said Rabbi Shlomo Litvin.

This was one of a string of attacks on the Jewish community this year.

"How to end hateful thoughts and how to end the racism is a question that's beyond me," said Rabbi Litvin.

Dozens of community members came to the Summit at Fritz Farms to be part of Sunday night's menorah lighting,

"It's tragic that we have to come together at moments like this. I love that the community does come together, but we need less moments like this," said Aaron Rothke.

"I'll tell you that the rain is going to scare away more people than Monsey," said Rabbi Litvin. "And we'll have community members who are and are not Jewish, joined together and say, 'I stand with the community. And I stand on the side of light.'"