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National Hanukkah Menorah 2013 in Washington, DC


National Hanukkah Menorah

National Hanukkah Menorah

Photo © American Friends of Lubavitch
A National Hanukkah Menorah is lit on the White House grounds, at the Ellipse during the eight day Jewish holiday commemorating the Jewish Maccabees' military victory over Syrian oppression more than 2,000 years ago. During Hanukkah, Jews across the world celebrate the miracle of light that burnt for eight days out of a single-days-worth of oil found in the Temple. One Hanukkah candle is lit the first night, and an additional candle is lit each successive night. The holiday is a celebration of religious freedom and hope.

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National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Festivities at the lighting ceremony include musical performances and hot latkes and donuts. This year's celebration will feature the US Air Force Band. The menorah will be lit each night of Hanukkah.

Date and Time: November 27, 2013, 4 p.m.
The event is held rain or shine.

Location: The Ellipse, near the White House (at the NW end, near Constitution Avenue), Washington, DC.

Parking: Parking is extremely limited near the White House. The best way to get to the area is by metro. The closest stops are Metro Center, Federal Triangle, and McPherson Square. Read more about parking near the National Mall

Admission: Free tickets are required for reserved seats. Standing room is available to all. (202) 332-5600.

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