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Durham, NH - Town Denies Jewish Group's Request To Display Menorah

Published on: December 4, 2018 09:00 PM
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Durham, NH -  New Hampshire officials are under fire for denying a 10-foot-tall (3-meter) menorah to be displayed next to a tree decorated annually at a local park.

Town Administrator Todd Selig said the local Chabad Jewish organization asked for the menorah to be put next to the tree, but town officials said no, citing vandalism concerns.

Selig said the area town officials were not “comfortable” leaving the menorah on display for the eight nights of Hanukkah.

The Durham Human Rights Commission is now deciding the next steps to take. Selig said the commission’s perspective was that it should really be all or none.

The tree in Durham is decorated each year to celebrate the winter season, WMUR-TV reported .

“The fact that the city allows for some to publicly express their culture is a good thing, and we hope that continues,” Rabbi Berel Slavaticki of the University of New Hampshire and Seacoast Chabad Jewish Center said in a statement. “To stop people from openly expressing their particular faith seems un-American and would be a terrible loss for our town and our country.”

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Slavaticki said the center is committed to working with the town administration “to create a path forward that will allow everyone to enjoy their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

“Not allowing a menorah for fear of anti-Semitism only emboldens and enables those who hate,” he said. “After all, that’s exactly what they’d want to see; our menorah not allowed.”



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 Dec 04, 2018 at 09:10 PM Chaim meilech Says:

Proving once again that liberals are the most anti semetic group around. Yes Hashomer NH is a blue state that voted for Hillary in 2016

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 Dec 04, 2018 at 10:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Every year, we go through this roller coaster, regarding the public display of the menorah. I remember, back in 1955, in the 7th grade, at Public School 217, in Brooklyn, N.Y., I had a farbisen music teacher, by the name of Miss Kieselbach. Even though a former Jewish President of the NYC Board of Education tried in vain, in 1947, to ban the teaching and singing of Christmas songs in 1947, in NYC public schools, he was overruled by the goyim on the board, and by pressure from church groups. At that time, the Jewish community was not as active politically, as it is today. In any event, Kieselbach had been teaching the class, which then was comprised of about 35-40% Jews, and the rest being Irish and Italian-Americans. One day, the boys (including the gentiles), were playing with a Chanukah dreidle. All of a sudden, that snake Kiesebach started shouting in a very angry manner DON'T YOU BRING RELIGION INTO CLASS". Even though I wasn't playing with the dreidle, I'll never forget her angry look, with those piercing brown, anti-semitic eyes. I guess that she didn't consider teaching he class various Christmas songs, and other religious songs, as having to do with religion.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 08:16 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Every year, we go through this roller coaster, regarding the public display of the menorah. I remember, back in 1955, in the 7th grade, at Public School 217, in Brooklyn, N.Y., I had a farbisen music teacher, by the name of Miss Kieselbach. Even though a former Jewish President of the NYC Board of Education tried in vain, in 1947, to ban the teaching and singing of Christmas songs in 1947, in NYC public schools, he was overruled by the goyim on the board, and by pressure from church groups. At that time, the Jewish community was not as active politically, as it is today. In any event, Kieselbach had been teaching the class, which then was comprised of about 35-40% Jews, and the rest being Irish and Italian-Americans. One day, the boys (including the gentiles), were playing with a Chanukah dreidle. All of a sudden, that snake Kiesebach started shouting in a very angry manner DON'T YOU BRING RELIGION INTO CLASS". Even though I wasn't playing with the dreidle, I'll never forget her angry look, with those piercing brown, anti-semitic eyes. I guess that she didn't consider teaching he class various Christmas songs, and other religious songs, as having to do with religion.

MAGA = #3 Post. Virulent Antisemitism NEVER AGAIN.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 08:59 AM Phineas Says:

Leave the goyim alone with this stuff. If you get permission, great, if you don't, move on or deal with it quietly.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 09:08 AM Bshtei_Einayim Says:

We have the right as Americans but as Jews in golus, we should not push our religion into public displays.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 11:41 AM yosher Says:

The Mitzvah of Chanukah is Shulchan Aruch descibed. There is no excuse to aggravate the Goyim... this is a Christian country. Light your Menorahs at home (Ner Ish U-Bayso) and in OUR public spaces; don't continue endangering the Jewish Yishuv in America by chipping away at the wall separating church and state.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 12:22 PM hashomer Says:

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Chaim meilech Says:

Proving once again that liberals are the most anti semetic group around. Yes Hashomer NH is a blue state that voted for Hillary in 2016

Where do you get your news? From Der Sturmer? Yeah sure, liberals vandelize menorahs, marched in Charlottesville and created the Shoah. Liberals are too busy working, sending their kids to college and caring about the planet to mess w a menorah. Ask your pal the MAGA Bomber.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 12:51 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

MAGA = #3 Post. Virulent Antisemitism NEVER AGAIN.

durham is a leftist democrat run town and like all leftist democrats they are anti Israel Jew haters

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 02:47 PM Educated Archy Says:

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hashomer Says:

Where do you get your news? From Der Sturmer? Yeah sure, liberals vandelize menorahs, marched in Charlottesville and created the Shoah. Liberals are too busy working, sending their kids to college and caring about the planet to mess w a menorah. Ask your pal the MAGA Bomber.

Liberals busy working? hah gotto love that one. All those hyppie millenial freelancers in willamsburg who majored in arts, support Bernie and camp out for 3 days in occupy wall st .. they work hard?? Blacks on drugs work hard??

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 02:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
hashomer Says:

Where do you get your news? From Der Sturmer? Yeah sure, liberals vandelize menorahs, marched in Charlottesville and created the Shoah. Liberals are too busy working, sending their kids to college and caring about the planet to mess w a menorah. Ask your pal the MAGA Bomber.

liberals are the ones who are anti religious freedom and support the antifa terrorists

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 04:17 PM NJMoshe Says:

Jews in the area where I was raised never made a public spectacle of a menorah for Chanukah. Now, every time I hear of a "Community" menorah lighting, what I see are not the members of a synagogue that was actually founded by the community, but the Chabad who has inserted itself and has fooled the Goyish community leaders into believing that they are the community. Every "Community Menorah" I have seen is the phony looking Chabad Menorah, and not the traditional menorah.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 04:19 PM NJ Moshe Says:

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yosher Says:

The Mitzvah of Chanukah is Shulchan Aruch descibed. There is no excuse to aggravate the Goyim... this is a Christian country. Light your Menorahs at home (Ner Ish U-Bayso) and in OUR public spaces; don't continue endangering the Jewish Yishuv in America by chipping away at the wall separating church and state.

Absolutely! This was never a public spectacle until the Chabadnik's wanted publicity.

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