4 ways to celebrate Hanukkah in Washington


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2012_12_obamahanukkah President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take part in the Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Dec. 2, 2010. (Photo Pete Souza/White House)


  1. Attend a menorah lighting – The White House celebrates the beginning of Hanukkah with the lighting of the National Menorah this weekend, but there are community services every night during the Festival of Lights throughout the Capitol region.
  2. Join the Chanukah Fire Truck Parade – To conclude a Chanukah Wonderland celebration, Rockville Fire Department will lead the celebration throughout Montgomery County with candy, music and jugglers on December 11.
  3. Hear Matisyahu sing “Happy Hanukkah” live – The performer who has given Hanukkah its own new theme song will perform December 13 at 9:30 Club and tickets are still available.
  4. Have a ball at Matzo Ball – Quite possible the most cleverly named Hanukkah event, Matzo Ball is a party happening in cities around the country on December 24. In Washington, the Society of Young Jewish Professionals will host this giant networking and matching event at Ultra Bar. Tickets can be purchased here.

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