Menorah lightings

A Jewish outreach organization is hosting a variety of public menorah lightings for Hanukkah in more than 70 countries around the world.

Events sponsored by the Chabad-Lubavitch organization include menorah lightings at several sporting events, including tonight's Portland Trail Blazers-Los Angeles Clippers basketball game in Oregon.

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Menorahs made from whimsical materials are a hallmark of Chabad's holiday programs. Menorahs made from Legos will be built in Brookline, Mass., Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Flemington; and balloon menorahs will be on display in Maple, in Ontario, about 25 miles from Toronto, and in Bend, Ore.

For details on these and other events, visit


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