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Chanukah Festival in Old Town Alexandria, Thursday, December 7

Poster for the Old Town Alexandria Chanukah Festival
2023 Chanukah Festival in Old Town Alexandria hosted by Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Experience the festival of lights on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 6 p.m. in Old Town Alexandria at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, when the Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington hosts the annual menorah lighting to commemorate the start of Chanukah.

Chanukah (Hanukkah) 2023 starts at nightfall on December 7, 2023 and ends with nightfall on December 15, 2023, beginning on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev, and lasting for eight days.

Admission is free, but registration is required because of limited capacity. The evening will include:

*Lighting of a giant 6 Foot Menorah

*Enjoy delicious hot Potato Latkes

*Hot Cocoa, Donuts, Chocolate Gelt and Dreidels for all

*Lively Chanukah music

*Free light stick for every child

*IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have a maximum amount of spaces available for this event. We will close reservations once we are full.

For more information please call: 703-820-2770 or visit

About Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington:
Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington (in Northern Virginia)is one of more than 3,300 branches of today’s largest international organization involved with Jewish education and outreach programs. Embracing the philosophy of the Chabad Lubavitch Movement, which originated in the town of Lubavitchin White Russiaduring the 18th century. Chabad’s underlying doctrine is “Ahavat Yisrael” (love for a fellow Jew). Chabad recognizes no differences between Jews; its goal is to serve the spiritual and physical needs of each Jew regardless of affiliation, wherever he or she may be, with understanding and with love.

By means of a rare combination that blends traditional Judaism with modern day techniques, Chabad has found the formula to develop a rapport with the most alienated of Jews and to enhance their outlook. By arousing an intellectual and/or emotional interest in our faith, Chabad has become the catalyst to connect Jews with their Jewish roots and revive the sparks of Jewish consciousness in the hearts and minds of each Jew.

Under the direction of Rabbi Mordechai and Yehudis Newman, Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington, founded in September of 2001 offers Shabbat & Holiday services, youth programs, adult education courses, community holiday awareness celebrations and hospital, nursing home and shut-in visitations. Many have experienced traditional Shabbat and Holidaymeals with Chabad. In addition, many have benefited from the Rabbi’s counseling. Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria/Arlington has fast become a “one-stop” address for the Jewish community.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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