WESTPORT, Conn. — Tuesday night may have marked the seventh night of Hanukkah, but the dozens of children and adults gathered outside Chabad of Westport for a community menorah lighting made it feel like the first night of the eight-day Jewish holiday all over again.
Among those braving the chilly weather was Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, who was given the honor of lighting the first candle on the giant menorah.
“I’m so honored to be here,” Marpe said before lighting the menorah. “This is what Westport is so much about: community, family, celebrations and sharing our traditions together.”
As Marpe lit the first candle, a chorus of young voices sang a Hanukkah blessing. Once all the candles were lit, a parade of at least eight cars topped with electric menorahs hit the road.
“You see so many cars decorated for Christmas. This [parade] makes Jewish kids feel proud of their holiday,” said Chabad Co-Director Dina Kantor, wife of Rabbi Yehuda Kantor.
The night’s festivities also included music, entertainment, potato latkes and doughnuts.
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