Bethany Town Hall will be illuminated this year with a 9-foot Menorah that will be on display at 40 Peck Road, and the town’s Jewish community will gather in front of Town Hall for a Grand Menorah Lighting and Celebration on Monday, December 26 at 4:00PM.
“We are so thankful to the First Selectman for her warm support of this project,” says Rabbi Shmuly Druk of Chabad who will be personally setting up the Menorah and hosting Monday’s party with his wife and children. “We are gearing up for a great event with lively music, delicious refreshments, crafts for the kids, and an authentic taste of Chanukah for young and old alike.”
Two additional celebrations aimed specifically for children will take place on Tuesday, December 27 at 11:00 AM at the Prospect Library, 17 Center Street in Prospect, and on Thursday, December 29 at 2:00PM at the Clark Memorial Library, 538 Amity Road in Bethany. The library events will feature interactive Chanukah storytelling and a fun sing-along, in addition to crafts and treats.
All the events are Open to All and Free of Charge, explain Rabbi Shmuly and Dini Druk of Chabad, who are eager to bring the spirit of Chanukah to Bethany, Prospect, and the surrounding areas. “We’re expecting a great turnout at all three locations, and we encourage local individuals and families to come and connect with the towns’ otherwise hidden Jewish community,” says Dini Druk, who is looking forward to meeting more young Jewish families like her own.
The Druks moved to the area in the summer of 2016 with their three young children to found Chabad of the Towns, serving Bethany, Prospect, and Beacon Falls. The Chabad movement, spanning over 4000 centers around the globe, is legendary for its casual and welcoming approach that offers Jews of all backgrounds a taste of traditional Judaism in innovative settings that allow everyone to feel welcome. To learn more visit www.jewishtowns.org, or call them at 203-936-9880.