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20,000 Attend Chanukah Festival at Madison Square Garden

More than 20,000 people including hundreds of standees attended the Chanukah Festival of Light which was presented at Madison Square Garden tonight under the auspices of the Greater New York Committee for State of Israel Bonds. It sold $2,575,000 in Israel bonds.

The Festival of Light, which was the climax of the 1952 campaign for State of Israel Bonds, presented a dramatic pageant depicting the heroic struggle of the Maccabees for freedom from religious persecution. In addition to a cast of more than 100 actors, the production included a dance group, a symphonic orchestra, the massed voices of the Schola Cantorum and the Hebrew Union Cantors Ensemble. An outstanding feature of the festival was the blessing of the Chanukah candles by more than forty cantors.