Above: Danielle Foster, the religious school director at Congregation B’nai Israel, stretches to light the first candle on the synagogue’s electric chanukiah at Heritage Park in downtown Fayetteville on the first night of Chanukah, Sunday, Dec. 6. Rabbi Rick Harkavy, enjoying his first Chanukah since becoming the Reform congregation’s spiritual leader, keeps a close eye on her effort. The Chanukah menorah, built by B’nai Israel member Howard Leopold, sits a few feet in front of the city’s towering Christmas tree. 

Come Light the Menorah

Like a perfectly spun dreidel that never seems to fall, Jewish Atlanta went all out with a full day and evening of events to mark the start of Chanukah on Sunday night, Dec. 6. The AJT offers just a sampling of those events here, from Chabad of West Cobb’s Lego menorah build in Kennesaw and an ice menorah lighting in Woodstock to the 40th annual bazaar at Congregation Or VeShalom in Brookhaven, and from the storytelling at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur and a party at Javavino in Virginia-Highland to mark InterfaithFamily/Atlanta’s arrival on the scene to two south-side celebrations, a chanukiah-building workshop at Home Depot with Chabad of Peachtree City and a menorah lighting in downtown Fayetteville with Congregation B’nai Israel. We even have a couple of second-night celebrations with the Marcus Jewish Community Center and Chabad at Kennesaw State.

Want to share your Chanukah celebrations with the community through the AJT? Send photos to Associate Editor David R. Cohen at david@atljewishtimes.com.