Steven Sotloffs parents light public menorah in Miami

The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish journalist who was beheaded by a member of ISIS, lit a public menorah in Miami in his memory.

Arthur and Shirley Sotloff lit the first candle of Hanukkah on Dec. 16 at the Chabad center.

“Steve was a proud Jew who always enjoyed the holidays,” Arthur Sotloff told

The directors of the Chabad center in Miami, Rabbi Yossi and Nechama Harlig, got to know the Sotloffs during the shiva period for their son and decided Hanukkah would be the appropriate time to honor the slain journalist, “who sought to bring a little more light and truth to the world,” according to

On Sept. 2, ISIS released a nearly three-minute video showing the beheading of Sotloff. He had been abducted on Aug. 4, 2013, after crossing the Syrian border.

Sotloff, 31, who grew up in Miami, had articles from Syria, Egypt and Libya published in, the World Affairs Journal and Foreign Policy, as well as the Jerusalem Post and the Jerusalem Report.

It was revealed after his death that Sotloff held Israeli citizenship. His connections to Israel and the Jewish community reportedly had been sanitized from the Internet and social media in order to keep the information from his radical Islamic captors.

Sotloff, a grandson of Holocaust survivors, made aliyah in 2005.

His parents have established the 2Lives: Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation to provide scholarships for journalism students. — jta