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5th Annual Capitol Hill Menorah Lighting Recap

Hundreds of Hill residents, visitors and members of the Hill Havurah congregation gathered on Sunday, December 2, in the Northeast Quadrant of Eastern Market Metro Plaza to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at the 5th Annual Capitol Hill Menorah Lighting.

The BID’s “men and women in blue” served traditional Hanukkah treats including jelly doughnuts and potato latkes prepared by Ted’s Bulletin (505 8th Street, SE), as well as hot chocolate, coffee and gelt. 

BID President Patty Brosmer opened the program by introducing Hill Havurah Chair Howard Crystal as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen took the stage together to give remarks before musicians and members of the congregation performed 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 son, Bruce Pascal, carried on his legacy by lighting the menorah to celebrate the first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Thank you to all who celebrated with us at the 5th Annual Capitol Hill Menorah Lighting. Happy Hanukkah from the Capitol Hill BID!