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SF celebrates start of Hanukkah with Sunday Union Square menorah lighting

A 25-foot-tall menorah will be lit Sunday at sundown in San Francisco’s Union Square to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah.

The event, part of the Bill Graham Menorah Project by Chabad SF, will start at 2 p.m. with the menorah lighting scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

The first large menorah went up at Union Square in 1975 and was supported by Graham, the late rock music promoter who is also the namesake of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco’s Civic Center.

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Marlene Sanchez/SFBay Rabbi Yosef Langer walks around with a torch during the final Menorah Candle Lighting at Union Square Park on Sunday, December 13. (Photo by Marlene Sanchez)

Sunday’s free event will include craft activities for children and other activities. The lighting events for Hanukkah, the Jewish “festival of lights,” will continue through Dec. 5 and will also be streamed live on Facebook at

More details about the events and the Bill Graham Menorah Project can be found at

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