SF to celebrate Hanukkah with menorah lighting at Union Square

Courtesy photoThe lighting of the Bill Graham Menorah takes place in Union Square on the first night of Hanukkah.

Courtesy photoThe lighting of the Bill Graham Menorah takes place in Union Square on the first night of Hanukkah.

Bill Graham Menorah Day is being celebrated Sunday at Union Square as part of a week-long schedule of activities celebrating Hanukkah.

Events start at 2 p.m. with kids crafts activities, followed by the lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. The Bill Graham Festival of Lights follows at 6:30 p.m. at the Fillmore featuring Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra (tickets required).

Union Square candle lighting ceremonies also will be held starting at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Dec. 9.

The Bill Graham Menorah Project dates to 1975.

In 1993, then-Mayor Frank Jordan declared that the first Sunday of Hanukkah each year would be celebrated as Bill Graham Menorah Day in honor of the famed concert promoter who built and supported the project.

For a full schedule of activities during the week, go to http://www.billgrahammenorah.org/schedule/

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