I had been thinking of how to show solidarity with those who are often seen as “other” in our city and nation when along came this notice, forwarded by Carolyn Jacobson. This lighting ceremony tonight on the steps of Adas Israel (2800 Quebec Street) will commemorate Hanukkah and shine a light on civil rights. See below. – Marlene Berlin
Light Up the Darkness
A Hanukkah Solidarity Gathering
for Civil Rights and Human Life
Thursday, December 18 at 5:30pm @ Adas
Hillel teaches that Hanukkah is a time when we increase light to increase sanctity. Our world is filled with too much darkness right now in the wake of the response to Ferguson and the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice.
On Thursday, Dec 18 @ 5:30pm, the Adas Israel clergy invites you to gather as a community on the steps of the synagogue’s outdoor plaza to do our part in lighting up the darkness. We stand with our brothers and sisters in affirming the sanctity of human life. Join us as we light the community menorah, share some brief reflections and song, and line the sidewalks of Connecticut Avenue with light. All are welcome and encouraged to join us.