A crowd braved cold and rain at the Ellipse as a giant nine-branched lamp stand was illuminated to mark the beginning of Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century B.C.
Nov. 27, 2013 The National Menorah was illuminated during a ceremony on the Ellipse at sunset on Nov. 27, the first night of Hanukkah. Arriving at the event with their umbrellas are from left, Noa Gordon, 5; Lilah Pomerance, the children’s mother; and Eyal Gordon, 3. They live in the District. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post Buy Photo