By Patrick Madden
Jewish families around the world will light the first Hanukkah candles tonight. This morning, hundreds of young children helped kick-off the eight-day celebration at a synagogue in Northwest D.C.
At the Addis Israel congregation in Cleveland Park, Rabbi Gil Steinlauf addresses the youngest members of his congregation. "Thank you for all of our Hannukah helpers for making this such a beautiful, shining, bright, wonderful festival of lights we are beginning," said Sheinlauf.
More than 200 hundred preschoolers and their parents sang songs and watched as Rabbi SteinLauf lit the large menorah. Steinlauf says this year's celebration holds special meaning. "I really believe that if anything, the message of Hanukkah is all the more important and the more relevant this moment in time we are experiencing in our society," said Steinlauf. "So many people are uncertain about what the future holds."
Hanukkah begins at sundown.