“Hanukkah is a victory of the few against the many,” said Rabbi Deborah Gordon.
Protesters say the meaning of Hanukkah also represents the fight of black people against what they call an unfair justice system.
“Black people in this country have been particularly singled out and targeted for police violence and police brutality and we all need to come together to say that that is not acceptable,” said Mark Mishler.
“I have four kids. Three of them are black,” said Rabbi Gordon, who says the protest is personal. “We’re part of a little tiny group that’s been discriminated against in many places over millennia so this is something we know about and there’s a historical alliance between black folks and Jews in the United States from 50 years ago that in some ways we’re trying to renew.”