Just before the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, Monroe was still riding high from hosting its first Menorah Lighting on the Town Green the night before. Rabbi Joseph Stock of Trumbull used a ladder while re-lighting the Menorah that Friday morning.
Monroe's Menorah Lighting ceremony had attracted a large crowd on a frigid Thursday night.
"I'm moved by the outpouring of support in Monroe, not only from Jews, but non-Jews," Rabbi Stock said. "With God's help, I hope we have this for many years to come. [First Selectman] Steve [Vavrek] promised me next year we'll have double the people here and that is what we're hoping for."
Mishkan Israel Day Camp sponsored Menorah lighting ceremonies throughout Fairfield County, including the one in Monroe.