Some 100 people gathered in downtown Durham Wednesday evening for a peaceful protest on the first night of Hanukkah, part of a nationwide “Chanukah Action to End Police Violence” event.
Carolina Jews for Justice was an organizer locally for the protest by the Major the Bull statue at CCB Plaza.
About 20 menorahs were lit during the hour-long event, the servant candle at the center lighting the first candle of the menorah on the first night of the Jewish holiday.
The miracle of Hanukkah, he said, is that the few beat many, but also that they took the first step.
“There are great movements of change when people make the first step together,” he said.
Organizers also distributed “8 Nights, 8 Actions,” a way to dedicate each night of Hanukkah to “Black Lives Matter” issues and people, created by “Chanukah Action.”