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Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington Hosts Hanukkah Celebration at Crowne Plaza

Vice Mayor Kerry Donley will light the 6-foot-tall Menorah at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Alexandria Vice Mayor Kerry Donley will do the honors of lighting a 6-foot-tall Menorah Monday as part of a Hanukkah celebration hosted by Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington.

The celebration will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 901 N. Fairfax St. in Old Town. Following the lighting, hot potato pancakes or "latkes" and donuts, the traditional foods of Chanukah, will be distributed for free.

"We want people to 'taste' the tradition," said Rabbi Mordechai Newman, director of Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington. The program will feature free Hanukkah gifts, treats and music.

"It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition," Newman said in a statement. "In ancient times, our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the Menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place."

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