WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) --Members of the Jewish community gathered at the West Lafayette Library for the 5th annual public Menorah lighting Dec. 2.
West Lafayette Mayor, John Dennis attended the event and shared words of hope in light of the recent synagogue attack in Pittsburgh. He also lit the main candle of the Menorah.
The West Lafayette fire department also stopped by this year and passed out treats for kids and their families.
Levi Tiechtel, Purdue’s Chabad Rabbi said the event gives the Jewish community an opportunity to show pride in who they are.
“The celebration of freedom, of spirit, of not being pulled down by challenges but standing up to it and moving forward being proud and lighting a large candle,” said Tiechtel.
Tiechtel said community and togetherness is important in times like these.
“That's our response to darkness, it's light, our response to hate is love for each other. We came here together, the community from all walks of life,” said Tiechtel.
The group will light a candle every night for the next week. The Menorah will be displayed at the Purdue Union.