Menorah lighting part of Hanukkah celebration

An annual Hanukkah celebration, complete with a 7-foot-tall menorah, hot latkes and a toy drive, begins at 6:30 p.m. today on Augusta Common.

A parade of cars and monster trucks with menorahs strapped to their roofs will make its way down Washington Road and arrive at the common at 6:15 p.m., said Rabbi Zalman Fischer, whose congregation, Chabad of Augusta, is holding the free event.

The program after the parade will include Hanukkah songs and greetings, children’s performances and a “special Hanukkah pyrotechnic show,” Fischer said.

Toys will be collected for children at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The events will be the halfway point of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights that commemorates the Jewish military victory over the Greek-Syrian army nearly 2,200 years ago and the miracle that occurred on rededicating the temple in Jerusalem.

“Everybody is welcome to come,” Fischer said. “It’s a great time for family fun.”

See chabadaugusta.org or call (706) 722-7659 for more information.

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