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One of the final nights of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, was marked by the Island's Jewish community last night with the lighting of menorahs.

Menorahs, the nine-branched ceremonial candelabrum, are key to observing the eight-day holiday — as Hanukkah progresses, a candle is lit each night.

The ninth candle, known as the shamash, serves to provide lighting for the ceremony, since the Hanukkah lights themselves are only for religious use.

Hanukkah began this year at sunset on December 16, and its closing night on December 24 coincides with Christmas Eve.

Last night's Hanukkah ceremony was held at the residence of Fiona Elkinson, president of the Jewish Community of Bermuda, which has about 120 members.

The community's origins date back to the United States Base which was built in Bermuda during the Second World War.

Music by candlelight: Fiona Elkinson, the president of the Jewish Community of Bermuda, leads members in a Hanukkah song last night by the light of the menorah, the nine-branched ceremonial candelabrum. Hanukkah, which means ‘dedication' in Hebrew, lasts for eight days and will end on Christmas Eve (Photo by Mark Tatem)
Fiona Elkinson, the president of the Jewish Community of Bermuda, and her husband Jeffrey light the menorah last night as they celebrate Hanukkah (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published December 22, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 22, 2014 at 8:40 am)

Community celebrates annual Festival of Lights

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