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The National Menorah is 30 feet tall, on the Ellipse on the south side of the White House Each night of Hanukkah another candle will be lighted until all 8 are illuminated. Rabbi Levi Shemtov presided over the annual lighting on Sunday saying, "Indeed, this menorah has become a national symbol of the festival of Chanukah. After all, this is the essence of the celebration - to proclaim and celebrate the miracle of Chanukah - The Festival of Lights in the most public manner possible." The National Menorah is sponsored by American Friends of Lubavitch privately through its National Menorah Council. Check out the two reports by clicking below.
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Rep. Steny Hoyer is getting into the holiday spirit.
The Washington Ballet's production of Septime Webre's critically acclaimed "The Nutcracker". It magically transports the audience back in time to historic Washington, DC and stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker. Along side the professional dancers are 400 youngsters from the Washington School of Ballet. At the Warner Theatre thru December 23rd. Meet some of stars of tomorrow in the two clips below.
There are 52,000 students in the Greater Washington area getting a leg up on life thanks to Junior Achievement of Greater Washington which empowers young people to own their economic success. Meet some of them in the two clips below.
Grammy Award Winning, National Medal of Arts and Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and dancer Damian Woetzel spent Tuesday morning at Savoy Elementary School in Washington's Anacostia neighborhood. Listen to the two cuts below to find out what the Washington Performing Arts Society did for these youngsters.
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Samantha Pecoraro is a 15 year-old young lady who dreams of being a chef - but she cannot eat.
From Cape Coral, Florida she is in DC this weekend as an apprentice to Cedar Restaurant's Chef Aaron McCloud. Samantha has a condition called Eosinophilic Esophagitis, an autoimmune disease that causes food to make her extremely ill. Because of this disease Samantha can only eat white potatoes which her body is able to digest.
Yet even though she cannot eat she dreams of being a professional chef. She takes a culinary class every day. She calls herself a "blind chef" because she cannot taste what she cooks so she focuses on presentation which she documents in photographs for her culinary portfolio.
No shy chef, Samantha recently perfected recipes for escargot and crème brulee.
Sunday December 2, Cedar Restaurant's Chef Aaron McCloud and Samantha will host a dinner benefiting CURED, the research foundation for Eosinophilic Esophagitis, the condition that affects one in 1,000 people. Sunday December 2, 2012 - 6 p.m. Cedar Chef Aaron McCloud hosts benefit dinner for Samantha 822 E Street NW Washington DC 20004 202-637-0012 Tickets: $150 per person
Lots of red, green, blue and aqua lights sparkled along the waters of the Potomac River in Alexandria Saturday. Dozens of light bedecked boats took part in the 13th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Earlier in the day Santa was on hand for pictures and warm cider with the youngsters. The mild weather brought out thousands for what organizers feel was the largest crowd yet.