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Mormon Governor Invites 150 Jews to Celebrate Fourth Day of Hanukkah at State Capitol

On Dec. 29, Utah Gov. Gary Hebert gathered with 150 Jews to celebrate the fourth day of Hanukkah.

About 150 members of Utah's Jewish community gathered in the rotunda of the state Capitol and heard messages of hope and kindness as they marked the fourth day of Hanukkah.

The celebration in recent years has moved to the Capitol after it grew too large for the Governor's Mansion. Gov. Gary Hebert, donning a kippah, was on hand to participate in Rabbi Benny Zippel's ceremonial lighting of the menorah.

"Let me also offer my own prayer to the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob on your behalf and on behalf of the Jewish community and on behalf of the state of Utah as we come together as friends and neighbors, and try to bring light to this world that needs a light," Herbert said. "Because we certainly have a lot of darkness going on in the world."

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