Above: With students from the Chaya Mushka Children’s House behind him and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in front of him, Congregation Beth Tefillah Rabbi Yossi New addresses the gathering in the South Wing of the Georgia Capitol on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10.

City and state leaders gathered at the Georgia Capitol on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, in celebration of the Festival of Lights as the fifth night of Chanukah approached. Mayors Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Rusty Paul of Sandy Springs and David Belle Isle of Alpharetta were in attendance, along with Rabbis Yossi New, Isser New and Levi Mentz from Chabad of Georgia.

“I am honored to participate in this year’s Chanukah celebration and ceremony to light the menorah with Chabad of Georgia because it gives me the opportunity to recognize the contributions of our city’s Jewish community,” Reed told the small crowd at the event, which was not open to the public. “Chanukah celebrates the spirit of resilience and dedication of the Jewish people, who have faced adversity and persecution with fierce dedication. I extend my warmest wishes to all those celebrating Chanukah in the city of Atlanta.”

Photos By David R. Cohen