Two menorah-lighting ceremonies are set in Fairfield within the next week, with the first on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Sherman Green gazebo downtown, hosted by Chabad of Fairfield.

Last year's menorah lighting at the downtown green was marred by three young men carrying Nazi symbols, but that has not deterred Rabbi Shlame Landa from organizing another observance. Community officials are also scheduled to be on hand when the 9-foot-high menorah is lit.

"It is a holiday that brings the generations together around the light of tradition," said Landa, the director of Chabad of Fairfield. "Our ancestors rededicated the temple in Jerusalem with the lighting of the menorah and today we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place. We are looking forward to continuing this popular local tradition of celebrating Chanukah on the green."

The ceremony will be accompanied by holiday music, dancing, hot latkes and doughnuts. The highlight of the evening will be the "Spectacular Chanukah Ride," horse-drawn rides beginning at 3:30 p.m. Rides can be reserved in advance at the website,

The event is part of a global effort to bring the Jewish celebration to public places, and Chabad of Fairfield is joining other Chabad centers from New York to Australia in staging such observances.

A second menorah lighting in Fairfield will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 in Jennings Park at Post and North Benson roads.

For more information about Chabad of Fairfield's menorah lighting on Sherman Green, visit or call 203-373-1118. For more information about the Mishkan Israel Day Camp ceremony, call Rabbi J.I. Stock at 203-268-7777.