Washington, D.C.

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On Dec. 12, the first night of Chanukah, thousands attended the 2017 National Hanukkah Menorah lighting ceremony on the Ellipse, just across from the White House. White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn (right) helped light the candles with the aid of a special elevator. Also pictured: Rabbi Levi Shemtov (left), executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad); and Rabbi Abraham Shemtov (center), American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) national director. (Photo credit: Jeff Malet)

Washington, D.C.

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On Dec. 14, 100 people gathered at the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., to celebrate Chanukah. Sponsored by Temple Sinai, Temple Micah, Adas Israel, Sixth & I, Washington Hebrew Congregation, and Adat Shalom, the gathering raised funds to support HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees. Pictured lighting candles, from left to right: Cantorial Intern Ilana Goldman, Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Rabbi Hannah Goldstein, Rabbi Penina Alexander, and Rabbi Susan Landau. (Photo credit: HIAS)

Baltimore

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The Chanukah Parade, also part of the Baltimore Chanukah Festival, took place Dec. 19 in northwest Baltimore. The Baltimore Chanukah Festival is a project of Chabad Lubavitch Centers of Greater Baltimore in conjunction with Baltimore City, Office of the Mayor, Council President and Police Department. (Photo credit: G. lnocentes. Source: Baltimore Police Department/Facebook.)

Adamstown

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Kids of all ages dressed up to attend a Chanukah carnival replete with fun games, face painting, cotton candy, and great prizes at Camp Shoresh in Adamstown. Who says camp is just for the summer? (Photos courtesy of Shoresh)

 

Teens Roll Through Bethesda in Style in Menorah Parade

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Shoppers, pedestrians, and visitors to Bethesda Row were treated to some serious holiday spirit with a passing Menorah Parade on the sixth night of Chanukah. Menorah-adorned limousines and stretch Hummers rolled down the streets of Maryland, caravan-style, filled with teens from across the region. Windows wide open and Chanukah music blaring, teens excitedly wished the passing crowd a happy Chanukah, sparkling with their Jewish and CTeen pride!

Alexandria

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Community members at Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington’s Chanukah Festival. (Source: Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington/Facebook)

Rockville & Gaithersburg

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The Chanukah parade organized by Chabad of Upper Montgomery County in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department drew hundreds of people. Starting off from the Rockville fire station, the parade made stops in local communities and at the Chanukah Wonderland event being held at a local shopping center. (PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID HARTZMAN)

Chevy Chase

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Rabbi Shneur Zalman Minkowitz, director of Chabad Chevy Chase, gives the "all ready" signal at the outdoor Menorah lighting on the sixth night of Chanukah (Dec. 17) in Chevy Chase, Maryland. (Photo courtesy of Chabad of Chevy Chase)

 

Silver Spring

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On Dec. 14, an enthusiastic group of students and adults from the Kemp Mill community brought joy and cheer to residents of the Arcola Health and Rehabilitation Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. From music and singing to dancing and schmoozing, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the festivities. The event was sponsored by the Berman Hebrew Academy PTO and Kemp Mill Synagogue (KMS). (Photo credit: Miriam Friedman)