Chabad of Northern Virginia hosted its first Menorah lighting in Leesburg on Monday night, lighting the candle for the third night of the Festival of Lights.
Leesburg Town Councilman-Elect Ken Reid and Catoctin District Planning Commissioner Eugene Scheel did the honorary lighting, with Erin Rayner from Rep. Barbara Comstock’s (R-VA-10) office also in attendance. The Menorah lighting ceremony was held at Rust Library.
The event was organized by Chabad of Northern Virginia and co-director Rabbi Sholom Deitsch and Rabbi Leibel Fajnland led the event. Deitsch remarked that Chabad has been hearing from residents in Leesburg and Loudoun County who wanted more events in the area, so Monday night’s ceremony may be the first of many.
In addition to the Menorah lighting, traditional fare such as latkes were served and children attending had the opportunity to press olives in an oil press, to remember the oil that lasted for eight nights.