Westwood menorah lighting pays tribute to its fallen soldier
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Westwood menorah lighting pays tribute to its fallen soldier

Westwood Council members Erin Collins and Christopher Montana, left, with mayor-elect Raymond Arroyo, Rabbi Yosef Orenstein of Valley Chabad and his son, Mendel, Westwood Mayor John Birkner, and council members Robert Bicocchi and Beth Dell. (Courtesy Valley Chabad)
Westwood Council members Erin Collins and Christopher Montana, left, with mayor-elect Raymond Arroyo, Rabbi Yosef Orenstein of Valley Chabad and his son, Mendel, Westwood Mayor John Birkner, and council members Robert Bicocchi and Beth Dell. (Courtesy Valley Chabad)

Thursday night’s menorah lighting in Westwood was dedicated in memory of Army Sgt. James Goble, 34, a Westwood High School graduate, who was killed last week in Afghanistan, as he was completing his fourth tour of duty.

Rabbi Orenstein said, “We hope that the light of the menorah flames shines brightly to bring comfort to the family and our community.” Mayor John Birkner, who was the first Westwood mayor to participate in the public lighting, praised the event and echoed the rabbi’s statement about the light, and the warm holiday message.

After the lighting, there were latkes, donuts, hot cider, and music for the attendees inside the Westwood Train Station. The event was hosted by the Borough of Westwood and Valley Chabad.

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