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The History of Hanukkah in America

The eight day Jewish festival of lights, known by the general public for its candles and dreidels is an ancient celebration of religious freedom and a miracle. Now, the author of a new book offers a uniquely American take on the holiday and how in this country, it was transformed from a minor festival to a major occasion.

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  • Dianne Ashton - professor of Religion Studies at Rowan University. She is the author of four books, most recently, Hanukkah in America: A History.  She also edits the scholarly journal, American Jewish History.
  • Robin Nafshi - Rabbi of Temple Beth Jacob in Concord

Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
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