The 40th National Hanukkah Menorah lighting ceremony was held December 2 on the Ellipse in Washington D.C, marking the first night of the Jewish holiday.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke participated in the ceremony, which featured performances from the United States Air Force Band and Dreidelman and the Macabees. After Zinke spoke, he joined Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch, on a crane to help light the menorah.

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