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Morris County Comes Together at Hanukkah

County Commissioners Reaffirm Solidarity With Jewish Community

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MORRIS COUNTY — With the close of Hanukkah observances tonight, Morris County leaders are reaffirming their solidarity with the Jewish community in opposition to rising antisemitism at home and abroad since the brutal October 7 Hamas terroristic attacks in Israel.

“As our community has come together to celebrate the Festival of Lights, it has been heartening to see the warmth and support for our Jewish friends and neighbors at these events. Special thanks to Sheriff Gannon and Prosecutor Carroll for the stellar coordination with local police departments to ensure security for our residents at these joyous celebrations,” said Morris County Board of County Commissioners Director John Krickus.

Mayor Matt Murello, County Commissioner Director Krickus, and Assemblyman-elect Mike Inganamort attend a menorah lighting at the Chesapeake Tavern in Long Valley on Thursday, December 7.

The County Commissioners, Sheriff James Gannon, Prosecutor Robert Carroll, and other county leaders have attended at least 17 public events, including prayer sessions, educational programs, and menorah lightings since Hamas’ barbarism left 1,400 people dead, more than 200 taken hostage and spurred an ongoing war in Gaza.

The diverse range of activities in the area has strengthened community bonds in Morris County and developed public awareness of rising acts of antisemitism not witnessed since the Holocaust.

The County Commissioners publicly declared their support for Israel during an October 11 Commissioner Public Meeting.

During a subsequent meeting on December 6, Commissioner Deborah Smith also shared the details of the “Stand Against Jewish Hate Blue Light Campaign,” a movement intended to spread understanding and stand against the growing threat of antisemitism around the world.

“As the light of the menorah goes out, our prayers go out to Israel and all our Jewish friends and loved ones,” said Commissioner Deborah Smith.

Commissioner Deb Smith (first on left) joins a Hanukkah service at White Meadow Temple in Rockaway Township on Saturday, December 9.
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Frank Cahill
Frank Cahillhttps://www.frankcahill.com
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, Lt. Governor of Division 9 Kiwanis Club of NJ, and Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board. Owner of the Morris now app serving small business in Morris County.
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