Light Defies Hate in Vermont

A menorah lighting in S. Albans, Vermont attracted a crowd just one day after anti-semitic signs were stapled to poles in the city.

By reporter

When shluchim Rabbi Eliyahu and Draizy Junik of Burlington, Vermont decided to travel 30 minutes from home to conduct a public menorah lighting in S. Albans, they did not know how crucial the event would turn out to be.

Just one day before the scheduled lighting, posters were seen attached to poles in the city reading, “It’s ok to be anti-semitic.” The Juniks’ response was to redouble their efforts in spreading the word about the public lighting, and to help the community increase in light and unity.

“The menorah is a beacon of light,” Rabbi Junik told “We have always lit its flames, even through the darkest of times. It has come to be seen as a symbol of our resilience as a nation, a sign that no matter what happens, am yisroel chai.

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