The first night of Hanukkah will be observed today (Saturday, Dec. 8) when Chabad of Fairfield lights a 9-foot-tall menorah at the Sherman Green gazebo.

The public ceremony marking the start of the Festival of Lights will take place at 6:15 p.m. on the green, corner of Post and Reef roads.

Community officials will join the ceremony, which will include holiday music, dancing, hot latkes, doughnuts and a raffle.

Chabad of Fairfield will joins thousands of Chabad centers worldwide in staging public Hanukkah celebrations as part of a global effort to bring the observance of Jewish life and traditions into public places.

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