I was upset to read that the Guilford Association denied a menorah display alongside its holiday tree (“Right to Light Denied,” Dec. 19). Shame on this refusal! For eons, Christmas trees have represented the non-Jewish faiths and was never a “Jewish” thing.
I live in a condominium in Hunt Valley, and every year a large Christmas tree is in our lobby. Many other Christmas holiday decorations are also displayed. One small menorah is on view. This year, I spoke to Jewish and non-Jewish residents asking if they would like a display of many menorahs, and all agreed. On the first night of Chanukah, many of us brought our menorahs to our Great Room, and all were lit at sundown while the prayer was said.
What a sight it was with the candle lights in front of the Christmas tree. Some brought latkes, cookies and candy, and all said that this new tradition will continue from year to year. It warmed my heart.