Rabbi Yosef Wolvovsky, director of the Chabad East of the River, headquartered in Glastonbury, embarked on his annual tour of Chanukah celebrations in several towns.
On Dec. 13, the second night of Chanukah, an event was held at the Fountain Green, on the corner of Main Street and Hebron Avenue, in Glastonbury.
While temperatures at the outdoor event were quite chilly (around 20 degrees), Wolvovsky said he hoped the warm spirit of the event would inspire people to do more acts of kindness.
"More mitzvahs, more kindness, more celebrations, regardless of how cold or how dark it may seem," he said.
"Tonight is a very special night of Chanukah," Wolvovsky said. "Last night, everyone knows, is special, being the first night. Today, we light a second candle, which represents the idea of always growing."
While many in attendance were from Glastonbury, some people were from towns including Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Berlin, Hartford, Manchester - and as far away as Groton. A special performance by the Chabad's Hebrew School Choir included the singing of "The Dreidl Song," and a very large menorah was lit.
"Please make sure that, after the lighting of the menorah here with the community, that we take the spirit of this to our homes," Wolvovsky said. "Here, we get together as a community to give each other strength, and give each other warmth."
State Sen. Steve Cassano and State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan were also in attendance.
"Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays," Cassano said.
"It's so important, all of us showing how together, we can all be, in this wonderful land of ours, celebrating every wonderful occasion," Srinivasan said.
Wolvovsky also helmed events in Enfield, Colchester, Tolland, and Ellington on other nights during Chanukah.
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