Happening nearby: Hanukkah observed during Lynnwood Menorah Lighting

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Rabbi Berel Paltiel lights the Menorah.
Rabbi Berel Paltiel lights the menorah.

The first day of Hanukkah was observed in a Menorah Lighting ceremony Sunday at Lynnwood City Hall.

About 100 attendees sang songs such as “Maoz Tzur,” “Chanukah, Oh Chanukah,” and “I Have a Little Dreidel,” which is “Adam Sandler’s favorite,” joked Rabbi Paltiel.

Speakers included Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, and County Executive-elect Dave Somers. The Heartsinspyre group performed a fire show.

Hanukkah commemorates the re-dedication of the Jewish holy temple during the revolt of the Maccabees against the Seleucid Empire over 2,000 years ago.

Participants of all ages gathered at Lynnwood City Hall.
Participants of all ages gathered at Lynnwood City Hall.

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The Jewish Festival of Lights will be observed for the next eight days. In addition to lighting a new candle on a menorah each night, people play with dreidels and eat latkes (potato cakes) as well as chocolate gelt (coins).

Holding Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins), a Menorah, and candles.
Holding Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins), a menorah, and candles.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County sponsored the event.

— Photos and video by David Carlos

You can see more photos, along with excerpts from remarks at Sunday’s ceremony, here.

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