Celebrate Community Menorah Lighting Nov. 29

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Rabbi Hannah plays guitar as kids dance during the 2019 Community Menorah Lighting. E.O'Gorek/CCN

Celebrate the Festival of Lights as the community again gathers together to light the Menorah this Hanukkah.

The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID), along with Hill Havurah, will host the 8th Annual Capitol Hill Menorah Lighting on Monday, Nov. 29, at 5:30 p.m. on the front steps of Reformation (212 East Capitol St. NE).

Residents, visitors, community leaders and members of the Hill Havurah congregation will gather to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights.

“The community menorah lighting event has become a holiday tradition on the Hill, and we look forward to sponsoring it for the 8th year on November 29th back in person!” said Patty Brosmer, President of the Capitol Hill BID.

The BID’s “men in blue” will serve hot chocolate, coffee and jelly doughnuts as musicians perform traditional Hanukkah songs.

The 9-foot public space menorah was purchased in 2013 and is dedicated to BID Past Board Chairman Paul Pascal for his many years of service to the Capitol Hill community. Mr. Pascal passed away in April 2018, and his wife, Brenda Pascal, will carry on his legacy by lighting the menorah to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

In 2020, the lighting took place by video. This year it returns to in-person. If attendees are lucky, Rabbi Hannah will even bring out her guitar.

When the event concludes Monday evening, the menorah will be moved to the Eastern Market Metro Plaza Southwest quadrant, where it will be on display for the remaining nights of Hanukkah.

It will stand next to the Capitol Hill community tree that is lighted and trimmed for the holiday season. Attend the tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 20.

The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization funded through
an assessment on commercial property owners who are dedicated to fortifying Capitol Hill. Learn more at capitolhillbid.org