GUILFORD – At the request of Rabbi Stacy Offner, some 300 people, gathered on the green to celebrate the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, raised their lit candles in the air.

“Isn’t that inspiring,” Offner said, looking out at the crowd. “That is just beautiful.”

“You can’t fight darkness with darkness,” she added.

“Only light can dampen the darkness and we’re making it light tonight.”

Offner, from Madison’s Temple Beth Tikvah, was one of six Shoreline women who spoke at the Monday evening rally, celebrating the life and achievements of the iconic Supreme Court justice who died Friday, Sept. 18 of complications from cancer.

Other speakers included Meghan Scanlon, executive director of Women & Family Life Center, Guilford First Congregational Church’s Rev. Ginger Brasher, Guilford High School sophomore Julia Schroers, Guilford resident and attorney Pam Ellman and state Sen. Christine Cohen.

The event was organized by Guilford residents Sandra Baseggio, Janet Cronin-Rumanoff, Beth Brause and Lisa Ste. Marie.

“She always talked about being positive and optimistic and looking ahead and that’s what we’re hoping to do with this event, is to honor her, but also to look ahead,” St. Marie said, referring to Bader Ginsburg, affectionately known as “RBG” by admirers.

“I see a lot more activism,” she added. “I see a reminder of things that we need to fight for and I just see a lot more engagement from really multi generations.

“This next generation is just so much more engaged and aware and enabled because of so many things Ruth Bader Ginsburg did,” she added, as church bells pierced the night air.

Adam Millman stood with this wife, Sarah, while their two children 6-year-old son, Wesley and 8-year-old daughter, Lucy, sat on the grass in front of them.

Millman said it was important to have his children participate and understand that the late Supreme Court Justice was a positive role model.

“Especially for my daughter, knowing how impactful she was for women’s rights,” the Madison resident said.

“I hope they walk away with just knowing how important she was and how she fought to better their lives and the lives of their mother and the lives of myself and, going further, how some of the laws she helped change impact them,” he added.

Offner acknowledged that many people are experiencing heartbreak, despair, fear and sadness over the death of Bader Ginsburg.

“From the seat where she sat on the Supreme Court, she rocked our world,” Offner said of the justice who was also called a “rock star” by supporters.

“Not because she was a super hero, but because she was true to herself and true to our constitution and true to America and true to those three words of Torah that drove her passions every day,” she added, “Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof — Justice, justice you shall pursue.”

As Cohen took to the microphone she was buoyed by the crowd and the candles lighting up the night.

“It’s so wonderful to be together, seeing all the lights flickering out there just fills me with hope at a time that doesn’t feel like it’s very hopeful,” she said.

“There is something about this togetherness,” she added. “This understanding that we all share in grief and we share a collective notion that we can celebrate her life and we must honor her legacy as we move forward.”

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