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Area rabbis helping people stuck at home celebrate Hanukkah

Hanukkah begins tonight
Posted at 6:27 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 19:39:24-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The pandemic is causing changes to a number of holiday traditions including one that begins tonight.

Hanukkah starts at sundown and is marked by the lighting of the first menorah candle.

In Omaha, local rabbis dropped off kits to help people mark the holiday at home.

“Ever since the beginning of the pandemic we've been distributing packages over the passover Sader to people who cannot leave their homes,” said Rabbi Mendel Katzman. “Throughout for Sabbath and through on, we've been doing it throughout this period. We're doing the same thing for Hanukkah and everyone is getting their donuts and educational things.”

Katzman said he's planning to deliver 150 to 200 bags to families.

Hanukkah runs through Dec. 18th.

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