Fetterman to be honored on Chanukah by Greenfield Chabad
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ChanukahEvent to be held Dec. 10

Fetterman to be honored on Chanukah by Greenfield Chabad

“His unwavering support speaks volumes and is so uplifting for us during this time. He knows the truth and isn't scared at all to say it loud and clear."

Merav Amos, Sen. John Fetterman and Amitai Bin-Nun hold a sign with pictures of hostages being held by Hamas. (Photo by Adam Reinherz)
Merav Amos, Sen. John Fetterman and Amitai Bin-Nun hold a sign with pictures of hostages being held by Hamas. (Photo by Adam Reinherz)

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) will be honored by Chabad of Greenfield at its Chanukah Festival on Sunday, Dec. 10.

Since Hamas’ barbaric Oct. 7 attack on Israel, Fetterman has been steadfast in supporting the Jewish state and its right to self-defense.

Just days after the attack, Fetterman released the following statement: “I unequivocally support any necessary military, intelligence, and humanitarian aid to Israel. The United States has a moral obligation to be in lockstep with our ally as they confront this threat. I also fully support Israel neutralizing the terrorists responsible for this barbarism.”

In a Dec. 4 interview with CNN, Fetterman unambiguously stated Hamas must be destroyed for Israelis to live peacefully. When asked whether Israel has done anything in its response to Hamas’ attack that could be considered a war crime, Fetterman said, “Of course not. Of course not. And it’s like, let’s not forget what Hamas started. They broke the first cease-fire, and then they attacked Israel and murdered over 1,200 innocent, women, children, babies, everything, and brutalized it in the most unspeakable kinds of ways.”

After Palestinian protestors threatened Philadelphia Jewish falafel store owner Mike Solomonov, an Israeli-born, Pittsburgh-raised chef, last weekend, Fetterman said on X (formerly Twitter): “They could be protesting Hamas. They could be protesting Hamas’ systematic rape of Israeli women and girls or demanding the remaining hostages be immediately released.”

“Instead,” he added, “they targeted a Jewish restaurant. It’s pathetic and rank antisemitism.”

A photo of Fetterman wearing an Israeli flag wrapped around his shoulders at a pro-Israel march in Washington, D.C., went viral last month.

“John Fetterman has been the biggest supporter of the Jewish community since the attack in Israel,” said Rabbi Yitzi Goldwasser of Chabad of Greenfield. “His unwavering support speaks volumes and is so uplifting for us during this time. He knows the truth and isn’t scared at all to say it loud and clear. That means everything to us.”

Fetterman will be honored at Bnai Emunah Chabad, 4315 Murray Ave., with the lighting of the shamesh candle.

“The shamesh is the candle that gives light to the other candles of the menorah,” Goldwasser said. “We are honoring John Fetterman with lighting the shamesh in honor of all the light he has brought to us all. The community is so excited and touched by his support and his participation in the Chanukah festival.”

The free festival begins at 4:30 p.m. and will include a helicopter gelt drop, food, crafts and the Allderdice Marching Band. PJC

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