Jersey Officials Honor Shooting Victims with Menorah Lighting

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joined Rabbi Moshe Schapiro and the Jersey City community for a special menorah lighting honoring the four people killed at a kosher grocery store in Jersey City two years ago.

By reporter

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and the Jersey City community took part in a special menorah lighting Thursday night, the fifth night of Chanuka, honoring the four people killed at a kosher grocery store in Jersey City two years ago.

The “Shine A Light on Antisemitism” event commemorated the second anniversary of the fatal 2019 kosher deli shooting. The menorah lighting ceremony was led by Rabbi Moshe Schapiro of Chabad of Hoboken and Jersey City.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop remarked, “The story of Chanuka is one of light overcoming darkness and I think that the story of Jersey City over the last couple years embodies that as well.”

“As we lit the menorah in Jersey City, we honored the lives lost two years ago in an act of antisemitism and hate,” Murphy said. “Moshe Deutsch, Mindy Ferencz, Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, Detective Joseph Seals. May the light of the menorah always defy the darkness of hate.”

On December 10th, 2019, two gunmen stormed a Jewish supermarket in the New Jersey city, killing Moshe Deutsch, Mindy Ferencz, and Douglas Miguel Rodriguez. Police officer Joseph Seals was also killed by the gunmen. The assailants, David Nathaniel Anderson and Francine Graham, staged a long standoff with police before being killed.

The event was attended by leading New Jersey officials. Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck, Acting director of the NJOHSP Laurie Doran, SAC George Crouch, Israel counsel general Israel Nitzan, Asw. Angela McKnight, Police Director Tawana Moody, and the Director of FBI office Newark branch.

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