Town Hall Menorah Poll Results

Poll shows support for a Menorah outside of Town Hall, but comments show concerns.

While a majority of Springfield residents in Springfield Patch's informal poll said they favored having a Menorah outside of the municipal building as part of the the township's holiday celebration, a significant minority oppose the measure and several commenters voiced reservations about adding an overt religious symbol to the Springfield holiday display. 

Of the 87 votes in the poll, 63 respondents favored having a Menorah dispay and 24 opposed. In addition to voting in the poll, several readers took to the comments to debate the Menorah. 

While the Menorah would be fitting of the town in light of its considerable Jewish population, readers worry that the Menorah would be too overt of a religious symbol. Several readers drew a distinction between the religous aspects of Christmas and the more cultural and commercial ones. 

"A Menorah is a religous symbol where a Christmas tree decorated with lights is a decoration for the season as is Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Elves," one commenter wrote. 

Another wrote that "To Christian believers holiday light displays are a secular symbol that is often misunderstood as being a symbol of the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ" and argued that a Menorah should be paired with a Nativity scene to represent Christians and Jews. 

Interestingly, this debate reached town hall this week. Committee member Marc Krauss made a motion to put a Menorah on the town lawn that did not pass, instead garnering two votes in favor, one opposed and one abstaining vote. 

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Princess Valiant December 07, 2012 at 03:40 PM
A 'Hanukkiah' is the 9 branch light (candle, oil, electric) holder specifically for the Festival of Hanukkah. A 'Menorah' is the 7 branch light holder. Symbols both, but not ritual objects. Also, where is the huge Hanukkiah owned and displayed by the synagogues in town. It originally was to be passed through the synagogues on an annual basis. Probably lost in some storage space forever. Happily, I note that the young family who bought the house at the corner of South Springfield and Hillside has their Hanukkiah out. Looks great, cannot wait to see it lit. Wishing all peace and good health.
Bob Groder December 10, 2012 at 04:03 PM
if adam sandler can make a song about it why not just try and get along and enjoy all of the holidays!
Adam Newfeld December 12, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Maybe the Tree in front of Town Hall should be called a Holiday tree, instead of Christmas Tree, and that would probably solve the problem!
ASquared Video Productions December 12, 2012 at 01:38 PM
It's a Christmas tree not a holiday tree .... but they are only lights folks everybody CALM DOWN!!! As a Jew I don't feel the need to be neutral about what to call the tree it looks beautiful and festive .. let's not take something that's supposed to bring joy and turn it into something political.
ASquared Video Productions December 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Exactly ... if you want it to be literal they're celebrating winter


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