Unite 4 Light event kicks off Chanukah in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was a night of celebration on the first night of Chanukah, with a lighting of the grand Menorah at Fourth Street Live. 

"We're bringing people from the entire community, not just the Jewish segment of the community to come together," Rabbi Chaim Litvin said. 

The Unite 4 Light brought people of all faiths together to pledge to spread more light throughout the world. 

"What we need to do is join together and bring more light and more goodness into the world," Rabbi Litvin said. 

One by one, local leaders lit candles to honor those who were killed in acts of hate at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh and at Kroger in Jeffersontown. 13 names were read aloud and each person pledged acts of light to dispel darkness. Those acts of light are commitments to better our community.

"I commit to do what I can to work with the men and women of the Louisville Police Department and with all of you to do what we can to make Louisville a safer city," Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad said while addressing the crowd. 

The message was about uniting to make a better Louisville and a better world. 

"Louisville's message to the country and the world is that we are welcoming, compassionate, and proudly diverse," Mayor Greg Fischer said. 

The group hopes this message will spread and has set a bold goal: 13,000 acts of light in memory of the 13 people killed. The group hopes to reach the goal by the end of December next year, and wants the entire city to get involved. 

"We have a website set up where people can commit to do an act of kindness, an act of goodness to bring more light and more goodwill into the world," Rabbi Litvin said.

Click here to make your pledge. 

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