The all new Aish HaTorah of Connecticut hosted a huge Chanukah celebration in Fairfield just days after three masked men carrying Nazi flags and shouting obscenities disrupted the Chabad’s candle lighting ceremony in the same neighborhood. The event, sponsored in conjunction with the JCC of Eastern Fairfield County, drew an unprecedented crowd from the local Jewish community, including elected officials, dignitaries, and the Chief of Police, all of whom attended to show their solidarity with the Jewish celebration of Chanukah. The Neo-Nazis fled when the police arrived.
Aish HaTorah of Connecticut, under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Yisroel Tepper, is a new and important resource for the Jewish community of Fairfield, Connecticut. Rabbi Tepper led the candle lighting ceremony, and along with his devoted wife Sarah, created an inspiring evening that featured live Jewish music, traditional Chanukah delicacies such as latkes and doughnuts, Chanukah gift packages, and professional family photos. Many unaffiliated Jewish families participated in the event, which is an indication of many great things to come from the new Aish HaTorah facility.
Having opened just before Rosh Hashanah, the new Aish HaTorah of Connecticut has been warmly welcomed by the local and surrounding communities, which boast over 110,000 Jews, the majority of whom are not observant. The Aish HaTorah office is planning to extend its reach to all of Connecticut. Areas such as Greenwich, Stamford, and Wallingford have already shown interest.
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