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OMB acting head to light National Menorah in DC

Sunday - 12/9/2012, 12:00pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lighting ceremony is planned for the National Menorah near the White House to mark the start of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday.

Jeffrey Zients, the acting head of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, will help light the menorah Sunday at 4 p.m. on the Ellipse. The ceremony comes on the first day and second night of Hanukkah.

The U.S. Navy Band will perform Hanukkah selections.

President Jimmy Carter attended the first menorah lighting in 1979. President Ronald Reagan dubbed it the "National Menorah."

Free tickets are available online.

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Online:

http://www.nationalmenorah.org/


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