Celebrating the third night of Hanukkah at Congregation Mickve Israel

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Congregation Mickve Israel in Savannah celebrated the third night of Hanukkah by lighting its electric menorah.

Like they've done each night, two holiday prayers are sung before the next candle is lit.

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt.

This congregation, in particular, has a long and storied history in Savannah, dating back nearly 300 years.

"We're so thrilled to celebrate here in Savannah. Our congregation has been here since 1733. We founded it only five months after Oglethorpe founded the colony and it's been a special pleasure for us to celebrate the holidays every year since with our wonderful community," said Rabbi Robert Haas.

Hanukkah comes to an end on January 1. 2016 is actually the first time in five years the Jewish holiday crossed over with Christmas.

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