Jews Denied Hanukkah Celebration in Local Festival
Was LoveLight Placemaking truly trying to keep religion out of its ceremony, or was there a more sinister purpose behind their denial? What do you think?
From New York Post. A Jewish community group in Virginia has slammed the organizer of a local art and music festival over its decision not to go ahead with a menorah lighting ceremony.
LoveLight Placemaking, a nonprofit which hosts the 2nd Sundays Art and Music Festival in Williamsburg, declined a proposal by a community rabbi to hold the lighting ceremony at its upcoming Dec. 10 event.
It claimed in a statement the move was “based on the objectives of the organization and a sincere desire to make this monthly event a place where all people can come together to enjoy MUSIC and ART.”
However, in their own statement, United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula (UJC) said it was “shocked and dismayed” at the decision, and accused LoveLight of “not want[ing] to appear to choose sides in the Israel-Hamas conflict.” …
LoveLight flatly rejected the group’s characterization of their motives, saying it’s “never held a religious program” …
“It feels very wrong to label anyone associated with this as an antisemite when the rejection of this religious programming was entirely consistent with our decision to keep our gathering focused on art, rather than religious ceremonies.” …
UJC claimed that LoveLight “appallingly” offered to reinstate the lighting ceremony under the condition it was done “under a banner calling for a ceasefire,” a charge LoveLight did not address in its statement. …
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(Excerpt from New York Post. Photo Credit: Gary Sankary on Unsplash)
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