Federation in the news: WWLP Channel 22 12/13/23

Hanukkah lights shine amid reflections on conflict in Israel

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – People of the Jewish faith observing Hanukkah Wednesday evening, while also reflecting on those caught in the middle of conflict in the Middle East; 22News spoke with members of the local Jewish community, who said that right now, the message of Hanukkah remains stronger than ever.

On the 7th night of Hanukkah, the miracle of light continues to be celebrated. People gathered at the Springfield Jewish Community Center to do just that, while also keeping those who were impacted by the conflict overseas in Israel close to their hearts.

CEO of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts Nora Gorenstein, told 22News, “So that really is a great connection. Hanukkah is about the struggle of the Jewish people to have religious freedom. We are thinking about our ability to celebrate what makes us unique, to celebrate with our neighbors who may or may not be Jewish; but are here to support our right to practice religious freedom.”