White House marks first night of Hanukkah with lighting of National Menorah

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2013_11_menorah The National Menorah, a White House tradition since 1979, will be lit today 4 p.m. (Photo: National Menorah Council)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will join the National Menorah Council to help light the National Menorah this afternoon at the White House Eclipse. Hanukkah begins today at sunset.

Thousands are expected at the celebration marking the first night of the Festival of Lights. Hot latkes and donuts will be served, and Grammy-award winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari will be among the many musical performers.

Lighting of the National Menorah — the world’s largest — has been a White House tradition since 1979.

Gates open 3:15 pm for the public event, which begins 4 p.m. Tickets are still available online.

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