NYC begins Hanukkah celebrations

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NEW YORK — The eight-day celebration of Hanukkah began Sunday.

Jewish communities celebrated the “festival of lights” across the city, with events such as the annual Latkepalooza at the Museum at Eldridge Street and the menorah lightings at the Grand Army Plaza and Columbia University.

This year's holiday resonates more in light of the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh in October and the increase of anti-Semitic vandalism across the tri-state area.

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