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Happy Hanukkah! National Menorah Illuminated Near White House



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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, and National Economic Director Gary Cohn light the Menorah during the annual National Menorah Lighting, in celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House, December 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

    The world's largest menorah was illuminated during a ceremony on the Ellipse Tuesday, the first night of Hanukkah.

    White House Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn assisted in the ceremony. 

    The annual lighting of the National Hanukkah Menorah began about 4 p.m. and featured performances from the United States Air Force Band and Dreidelman and the Macabees. 

    The event was free, but those interested in attending needed to register for a ticket

    Following the ceremony, guests were set to be treated to latkes and donuts. Free personal menorah kits and dreidels also were to be distributed.