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NH set to mark start of Hanukkah

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 11. 2017 8:41PM
Rabbi Levi Krinsky of Chabad Lubavitch of New Hampshire places the first candle in the Menorah at the State House in Concord ahead of the first day of Hanukkah last year. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER FILE)

CONCORD — The eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah begins at sundown today, an event that will be marked by a rabbi lighting a menorah at the State House grounds in Concord and by smaller celebrations in other New Hampshire communities.

Rabbi Levi Krinsky, who leads the Manchester-based Chabad Lubavich of New Hampshire, said the 13-foot menorah will be one of 10,000 public menorahs lighted worldwide.

The Concord event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., and should not be impacted by any possible snowfall, said Krinsky.

“Hanukkah starts whether it is snowing or not,” said Krinsky.

The event includes a ceremony featuring Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein lighting the first light. Following the menorah lighting ceremony, Hanukkah songs will be sung and in conjunction with the Jewish Federation and PJ Library, a kids craft will be made, sufganiyot and hot chocolate will be available and for the first time there will be a Hanukkah gelt drop, said Krinsky.

“The menorah serves as a symbol of New Hampshire’s dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship God freely, openly, and with pride,” said Rabbi Krinsky. “Specifically in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution, the menorah takes on profound significance, embodying both religious and constitutional principles.”

Throughout the eight days of Hanukkah, Chabad Lubavich will be present at events and celebrations, including public menorahs at malls around the state, Hanukkah at the Palace Theatre — featuring the Eight Day group — on Dec. 19, latke parties, and more.

For more information about Hanukkah and a local schedule of events visit

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