PHOTOS: Hanukkah celebration in Wilton

Rabbi Levi Stone of the Schneerson Center for Jewish Life lights the Menorah at Wilton Center on Dec. 3. Sunday was the first night of Hanukkah.
First Selectwoman Lynn Vanderslice, left, and Selectwoman Lori Bufano each hold a shamash which is a candle to help light the menorah.
Selectwoman Deborah McFadden holds a shamash at the menorah lighting to celebrate Hanukkah.
A rabbi and children sing before the lighting of the menorah.
Children dance before the lighting of the menorah on Dec. 3.

— Bryan Haeffele photos

The first candle of the menorah in Wilton Center was lit on the first night of Hanukkah, Sunday evening, Dec. 2. Rabbi Levi Stone of the Schneerson Center of Connecticut did the honors.

Hanukkah, the festival of lights, celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek Syrian oppressors in the land of Israel and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem with the lighting of the menorah. Although they had only one day’s supply of olive oil it miraculously lasted eight full days until new oil was obtained. The menorah is a symbol of hope and freedom. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight consecutive days with the lighting of one candle the first night and increasing each night with an additional light until all eight are lit.

The Schneerson Center hosted several area menorah lightings. They featured live holiday music, chocolate gelt coins, dreidels and other holiday giveaways.

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