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Hanukkah—or Chanukah as I like to call it—is the holiday that celebrates the times when we Jews kicked ass over the Greek army. It’s kind of like our V-E day—but only if the Allies’ victory over the Axis Powers was celebrated by purchasing PlayStation 2s, Pokémon cards, and Hello Kitty toasters. Kids seem to think that this occasion is just a longer, less decorative version of Christmas. But the day is supposed to be about remembering, so why not commemorate in song with the DCJCC’s Keshet Chorale, the B’Nai Shalom of Olney Adult Choir, and Hazamir at “Lights: A Hanukkah 5761 Celebration in Song.” This year, the first night of Chanukah falls on the shortest day of the year, so let’s hope those candles on the menorah burn bright. At 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer. Free. (202) 467-4600. (Tina Plottel)