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Ritz-Carlton Kicks Off Hanukkah Celebration

Students from Solomon Schechter School helped celebrate the holiday of lights this week in White Plains.

Songs, snacks and a menorah lighting ceremony marked the celebration of Hanukkah at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in White Plains this week.

About 45 members of the Solomon Schechter School choir attended ceremonies over three nights to light a candle on the hotel's menorah and celebrate the season. Hotel staff joined about 125 people over three nights this week, singing songs and enjoying potato latkes, doughnuts and chocolate gelt.

The celebration started Monday evening and continued into this week.

"It's really a wonderful event," said Jeff Dziak, general manager at the White Plains Ritz-Carlton. "There's nothing quite like hearing a bunch of children singing and celebrating the season, it really lifts everyone's spirits and it really creates such a great environment in our hotel."

The large menorah is on display in the hotel's front lobby, only about 20 feet away from a 240-pound gingerbread house. Both will remain in the lobby throughout the holiday season.

This is the second year the Ritz-Carlton has hosted a menorah lighting ceremony and gingerbread house display. Dziak said he expects both traditions to continue for years to come. 

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