History was made on Saturday, Oct. 16 in Colts Neck when more than 200 citizens gathered at Township Hall to express their support for Israel. This event was organized by Township of Colts Neck officials, Rabbi Ephi Carlebach of Chabad of Colts Neck, local churches, police and fire departments.
Colts Neck Mayor Sue Fitzpatrick opened the ceremony and welcomed all participants. Rabbi Carlebach spoke about the situation facing the citizens of Israel and offered a prayer for the safety of all. Words of support were shared by Chris Durkin of the Colts Neck Community Church, and the Psalms of David were recited by Reverend Scott Brown of the Colts Neck Reformed Church.
A candle vigil followed, led by the clergymen and the Township Council. A prayer for all the victims and hostages was sung by Cantor Mendy Pezner. Additional Psalms were led by Dr. Carly Mcllvaine and Kathy Woolston from St. Mary’s choir.
The theme that was ever-present at this event was that we are one family united. In spite of the inclement weather, people came together to publicly display an unwavering support for the people of Israel.
Mayor Fitpatrick and Rabbi Carlebac thanked the co-organizers: Father Jeffrey Lee from the Parish at St Mary’s., Pastor Chris Durkin from the Colts Neck Community Church, Reverend Scott Brown from the Colts Neck Reformed Church, Colts Neck Township Committee, Chief Paul Santucci and the Colts Neck Police Department, and Chief Mike Romano Colts Neck Fire Department No. 1.