BAJC focuses on social justice for Chanukah

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community (BAJC) Shine a Light for Social Justice program returns with a mix of in-person and online events designed to bring light to eight social justice issues.

Every night from Dec.18 through 25 the BAJC Zoom room will be open for candle lighting at 5:30 p.m. with Rabbi Amita Jarmon.

According to a news release, BAJC will kick off its Chanukah celebrations with an LGBTQ+ Dance Party. “If you feel pride about who you are, if you're an ally, if you love homemade latkes or jelly donuts or dancing to a curated Chanukah playlist, we'll see you at Centre Congregational Church on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m.”

On the second night, Monday, Dec. 19, join BAJC at Everyone's Books to kindle the Chanukah lights for Environmental Justice. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, relax at home and Zoom in for candle lighting and a vibrant discussion of women's equality.

Wednesday, Dec. 21 finds BAJC at the Root Social Justice Center at 28 Williams St. with programming around the concerns of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). On Thursday, Dec. 22, meet BAJC at the café at the Brattleboro Food Co-op to shine the light on issues of economic security.

On the sixth night of Chanukah, Friday, Dec. 23, join BAJC at the synagogue (151 Greenleaf St.) in West Brattleboro for a potluck Shabbat dinner embracing religious freedom. Bring your own chanukiot (menorahs) and candles to add to the light of community. Organizers welcome latkes or other vegetarian dishes to share. The jelly donuts will be provided.

The seventh night of Chanukah on Saturday, Dec. 24, at Yalla Vermont (80 Main St.) will be focused on issues of immigrant justice, and the final night, Sunday, Dec. 25, will be a Zoom event and the topic will be health care.

Everyone is welcome to all BAJC Shine a Light events. For more information, visit

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