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Fort Lee Community Menorah Lit on First Night of Hanukkah

The annual event took place Saturday, commemorating the first night of the Jewish holiday.

Congregation Gesher Shalom, the Jewish Community Center of Fort Lee with Rabbi Kenneth Stern, Cantor Paul Zim and Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, among others, celebrated the first night of Hanukkah Saturday, hosting their annual Menorah lighting.

Members of the Fort Lee Jewish community sang traditional Hanukkah songs and officially lit the first candle on the Fort Lee Menorah.

The annual event took place at the “triangle”—the small area formed by Lemoine Avenue, Main Street and Schlosser Street—as is the local tradition, and it was followed by a celebration with food and festivities back at the Synagogue.

Fort Lee is now completely alight for the holidays; the borough's annual kickoff to the holidays took place Thursday at the Fort Lee Community Center, with the lighting of a 35-foot Christmas tree, a visit from Santa and other holiday-themed festivities.

Photographer Christopher Costa captured these images of the Menorah lighting celebration Saturday.

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