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Montpelier celebrates the Festival of Lights

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A celebration in Montpelier Wednesday evening-- the eighth light on the menorah in front of the Vt. Statehouse was lit, as religious leaders and officials celebrated the final night of Hanukkah.

The second annual menorah lighting was organized by local religious leaders to celebrate the Jewish holiday publicly in Vermont's capital.

Organizer Rabbi Tobie Weisman says the lighting of the menorah is not just to celebrate the holiday, but to remind us to celebrate our individuality.

"We do have this inner light, but sometimes it gets a little dimmed, and every night of Hanukkah we hope it's becoming brighter and brighter within us," Weisman said.

Vermont's Jewish population is less than 1 percent, and Rabbi Weisman says events like this are important to their representation in the community.

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