Goshen celebrates 20th annual menorah lighting with rally against antisemitism
Shots fired Thursday at an Albany temple didn't stop people from coming together in Orange County to mark the first night of Channukah.
Organizers say there was more security planned this year already, but they never thought about staying home.
With this first candle lit, the crowd hopes a different sort of light will be shed.
"No more hate. Only love," Rabbi Meir Borenstein of Chabad Orange County said.
Since the early October terror attacks in Israel, the Anti-Defamation League has recorded a nearly 400% increase in antisemitic incidents across the United States.
"People seem to be voicing it whether it's online, YouTube, or out in public, they feel comfortable saying very negative things," Mitchell Weintraub said.
So Rabbi Borenstein of hosted his 20th annual Chanukkah menorah lighting with an added rally against antisemitism.
"To fight antisemitism starts at home in their own family, their own community, their own block. If we each do a little good torah, good deed, it'll change the world," the Rabbi said.
State police and the New York National Guard are on high alert after a man with a shotgun fired twice outside an Albany temple Thursday, saying "Free Palestine" as he was taken into custody according to the Albany police chief.
It's being investigated as a hate crime.
"Any act of antisemitism is unacceptable and undermining public safety at a synagogue on the first night of Hanukkah is even more deplorable... As New Yorkers, this is not who we are," Governor Kathy Hochul said.
Village of Goshen Police Chief James Watt says since the October attacks, police have enhanced patrols around Chabad and are continuously making safety assessments.