On Thursday, Westport lit the Town Hall Christmas tree.
This Monday, the Hanukkah menorah lights up downtown.
Four Jewish congregations — Beit Chaverim, Chabad of Westport, Temple Israel and The Conservative Synagogue — will gather at the corner of Main Street and Post Road East. Everyone — of any faith, or none at all — is invited too.
At 6:15 p.m. — on the 2nd night of Hanukkah — candles will be lit. Holiday songs will be sung, sufganiyot (jelly donuts) will be eaten, and dreidels will be spun.
It’s an important event.
“During a time in which we have seen a rise in anti-Semitism and darkness in the world, Hanukkah celebrates our survival against all odds,” says Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn of The Conservative Synagogue.
“But it also reminds us of our responsibility to increase the light in our world.”
The 5th annual celebration is organized in cooperation with the Westport Downtown Merchants Association.