On Sunday December 1st at 3:00 pm at the new Jessica Ridgeway Park in Westminster, community members of all faiths and backgrounds are urged to join and support Sara Ridgeway who will light a Chanukah menorah in memory of her daughter Jessica.
The celebration is hosted by Chabad of NW Metro Denver and will include entertainer Steve Brodsky on guitar singing Chanukah songs. Chanukah donuts and latkes will be distributed. This free event is open to the entire community.
A community effort is underway to purchase and dedicate the 9-foot menorah in memory of Jessica. The menorah will be used for this community event and will also be displayed at Westminster City Hall annually for the duration of the Chanukah and winter holiday season. The menorah will bear a photo of Jessica and be lit in Jessica’s favorite color. Community members are urged to donate at www.COJewish.com/Jessica.
Although the Ridgeways are not Jewish they related to the message of Chanukah delivered by Rabbi Benjy Brackman at a similar menorah lighting that took place last year shortly after Jessica’s tragic death.
We don’t stamp out darkness with a broom but rather by lighting a candle,” said Rabbi Brackman. “And therefore the message of the menorah is for each of us to remember Jessica by becoming a beacon of light to those around you and to society at large.”
There is limited parking on the side streets, and guests are asked to be courteous to residents by not blocking driveways. There is ample parking on Nth. Oak St. and the West View Recreation Center on 108th St. The park is located on 10765 Moore St in Westminster. Participants are asked to list their attendance on the Facebook event page.
For more information please call Rabbi Benjy Brackman of Chabad of NW Metro Denver at 720-984-5805.