Hanukkah: 10,000 Menorahs | Not in Our Town

Hanukkah: 10,000 Menorahs

Billings Montana Menorah, Not In Our Town

Every Hanukkah, we are reminded of the incredible courage of those who stand up for their neighbors.

On one bitterly cold night, a brick was thrown through a 6-year-old Jewish boy's bedroom window, where he had placed the family's Hanukkah menorah. The anti-Semitic incident was one of several hateful acts in Billings, MT that year, including skinheads at an African-American church, racist hate messages on a Native-American woman's home, and the desecration of the Jewish cemetery. The community responded by saying, "Not In Our Town." In an act of solidarity, nearly 10,000 Billings residents hung paper menorahs in their windows.

This Hanukkah story is part of our origin story here at the Not In Our Town project. Today, please remember the Billings story with us.
Happy Holidays. 

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