Hundreds braved the frigid temperatures Sunday night to gather in the courtyard of West Hartford’s Blue Back Square for the 10th annual “Fire on Ice” Chanukah celebration hosted by Chabad of Greater Hartford. A giant menorah carved from a massive block of ice was lit by several members of the community.
But before fire met ice, the lit torch was was passed down a line of five people representing different generations. The torch was handed first to 95-year-old Ben Cooper, a World War II combat medic who took part in the liberation of Dachau, and was passed along through the “generations” to Charna Kaufman, Zach Marcus, Scott Steinmetz and Rebecca Samuels. The festivities were highlighted by live entertainment by the Rogers Park Band, singing, dancing and more.
CAP: World War II veteran Ben Cooper passes the torch of jewish continuity to Charna Kaufman.