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FRAMINGHAM _ Temple Beth Am hosted a Hanukkah party this afternoon, December 18, to mark the first night of the jewish holiday.

There were latkes, doughnuts, games, music, activity, and more.

Those who needed last-minute gifts could shop, too.

The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.

Hanukkah lasts for eight nights to commemorate how long the holy light burned.

The centerpiece of the Hanukkah celebration is a candelabra that holds nine candles. Eight candles symbolize the number of days that the Temple lantern blazed; the ninth, the shamash, is a helper candle used to light the others

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