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Festival of Lights begins with menorah ceremony

Rabbi Shalom Bochner, right, leads the singing of traditional Hanukkah songs at the lighting of the menorah by Congregation Beth Shalom at Tenth Street Plaza, Dec. 16, 2014.
Rabbi Shalom Bochner, right, leads the singing of traditional Hanukkah songs at the lighting of the menorah by Congregation Beth Shalom at Tenth Street Plaza, Dec. 16, 2014. dnoda@modbee.com

It might have taken a miracle to keep a little candle lighted as members of Congregation Beth Shalom kicked off Hanukkah in the wind Tuesday evening in downtown Modesto. Instead, the synagogue had a couple of battery-operated candles on hand for the ceremonial lighting of the Chanukiah, or menorah. CBS held the community menorah lighting at Tenth Street Plaza, followed by a party at the Sherwood Avenue synagogue. The kickoff of the eight-day Festival of Lights included songs and treats.

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