Giving Thanks: Menorah lighting ceremony

To the Editor:

'Many thanks to the wonderful and generous people who helped make the Community Chanukah Menorah Lighting ceremony in Ridgefield on Monday, Dec. 3, a tremendous success.  More than 100 community members joined in our festivities and added light and hope in the midst of darkness, collecting more than 100 pounds of food for the Ridgefield Food Pantry.  

We are grateful to Ridgefield Equities and Benenson Real Estate Corp. for the use of their property; First Selectman of Ridgefield, Rudy Marconi; state Sen.-Elect, Will Haskell; Monsignor Larry Bronkiewicz of St. Mary’s, all for attending and participating in our ceremony and celebration; The Ridgefield Press for coverage; all the people who came to celebrate diversity and the light of Chanukah.  

Special gratitude to Anthony at Prime Burger for delicious “latke” waffle fries — hot and plentiful on a cold night, Amy and Eric Freidenrich at Ross Bread for the enormous and delicious challah “menorah,” and Lorilee Palazzo for delicious treats!  And many thanks to Ezra Zimmerman from EZ-Moving for transportation and assistance with setup and cleanup.

Rabbi David Reiner and Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray

Congregation Shir Shalom