Menorah Lighting Comes to New Jersey Prisons

Jewish inmates in New Jersey state prisons will be permitted, for the first time in a uniform policy, to celebrate Chanukah with lit menorahs.

Matt Schuman, spokesperson with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, said in the past, the prison system’s policy on menorah lighting during Chanukah was decided on a case-by-case basis.

“We wanted to have a uniform policy that applies to every facility in the department, which was something that we hadn’t had in the past. So in conjunction with representatives of the Jewish community, we came up with a policy that complies with fire regulations and at the same time, will not disrupt the safe and secure operation of any New Jersey department of corrections facilities,” Schuman said, according to CBS News.

This year, there will be a room dedicated to menorah lighting and a staff member or community volunteer will light the candles together with the inmates.


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