Get your Fill of Atlanta Maccabee Magic with these Special Events

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Looking to celebrate the festival of lights?

Across Metro Atlanta this month there are a wide variety of Chanukah events for you to get your fix of latkes, sufganiyot and menorahs. From celebrating with the Atlanta Hawks, to candle lightings at the park, Chanukah 5775 is sure to be a memorable one for Atlanta locals. Check out our 2014 Chanukah event calendar below to find out about the biggest Chanukah events in December!

Sun, Dec 7

Or VeShalom Hosts 39th Annual Hanukkah Bazaar. Or VeShalom Synagogue celebrates its 100th anniversary and will host its 39th Annual Hanukkah Bazaar on Sunday, December 7th from 11am- 5pm. Guests can sample authentic Sephardic/Mediterranean cuisine and hand made delicacies and pastries for dine in or take-out lunch and for an early dinner. Come browse and shop at booths featuring local art, jewelry, crafts, used books, and much more. This year children will enjoy an expanded art and game room, and everyone can have a chance to win a cash 50/50 raffle. Admission is $3.00 at the door.

Sun, Dec 14

Young Israel of Toco Hills Chanukah Carnival. Celebrate with Young Israel of Toco Hills at their Chanukah Carnival December 14 from Noon-4 p.m. Featuring Face painting, rock climbing, Kosher  food, music, kids crafts and more! Purchase tickets at the door. For more information call (404) 315-1417.

Ner Tamid – Mavens Chanukah Party. Congregation Ner Tamid will be hosting a Mavens Chanukah Party, December 14 at 3:30 p.m.Bring unwrapped gifts to donate to children in need. Rather than cooking latkes and making a mess, please make a batch of latkes at home to share. Bring your favorite topping! RSVP to teachsue1@yahoo.com or 732-996-6983.

Tues, Dec 16

Menorah Madness – Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at the MJCCA. All are invited to celebrate the first three nights of Hanukkah at the MJCCA: Tuesday, Dec. 16; Wednesday, Dec. 17; and Thursday, Dec. 18. Each night will feature Hanukkah songs with our own Rabbi Glusman and special performances by MJCCA departments, followed by the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. Complimentary jelly donuts and hot chocolate will be served. Where: MJCCA Lobby, Zaban Park campus. More info: (678) 812.4161, brian.glusman@atlantajcc.org.

Etz Chaim – A Celebration of Chanukah. Join Congregation Etz Chaim for a special Menorah lighting in the sanctuary at 6:15 p.m. followed by a dairy Chanukah dinner at 6:30 p.m. Entry is free with the donation of one Tzedakah item. Reservation is required. RSVP by e-mail to etzchaimsisterhood@gmail.com.

The Sixth Point Annual Chanukah Party. Go tell your friend Veronica… it’s time for Chanukah! Get your holiday started at The Sixth Point’s annual Chanukah soiree. Light the first candle together, eat some latkes and gelt, and maybe even drink a gin and tonikah. Age 21+ only. $10 per person. More information at: facebook.com/TheSixthPoint 

Wed, Dec 17

SOJOURN Chanukah Party. Join SOJOURN for a casual night of great company, tasty food, and plenty of fun. Latkes & snacks, the drinks (both alcoholic and non), and the dreidels will be provided; you bring your friends and family. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome, and feel free to bring your chanukiah/menorah to light! Location: The Rush Center Annex, which is located behind the Rush Center Administrative Building. More information: sojourngsd.org/calendar/2014/12/17/chanukah-party

Thurs, Dec 18

Chanukah Party at East Cobb Park. Join Chabad of Cobb in building and lighting Atlanta’s Tallest Lego Menorah! Live music and Chanukah treats.  No charge. Schedule – 5:30 p.m. Lego Menorah Build, 6.00 p.m. Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration. Thursday, December 18 at East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Rd., Marietta, Ga  30068.

Vodka & Latkes at Aja. Dance the night away at Atlanta’s biggest Hanukkah party for young adults at Aja in Buckhead. All tickets include complimentary valet, one drink ticket and latkes. This event is open to the community for ages 21 and up. $15 for MJCCA members, $20 for the community and $30 at the door. Location: Aja Restaurant & Bar, One Alliance Center, 3500 Lenox Road, Suite 100, Atlanta. More information: Roey Shoshan, (678) 812-4055, roey.shoshan@atlantajcc.org

Home Depot Menorah Workshop. Come with your family and enjoy an evening of fun at the Home Depot Sandy Springs Menorah Workshop. There will be activities for all including: Menorah Building, an Olive oil press show, wick making, photo opportunities and music. Location: Home Depot 6400 Pchtree-Dunwoody Rd, Sandy Springs, GA. More information: Levi Mentz 310-666-2218

Sun, Dec 21

USY Lights the Night Concert. Sunday December 21st at 7 p.m. at the Omni Hotel, USY invited the Atlanta Jewish community to join them for a concert and Chanukah celebration. Featuring Joshua Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this Free, family friendly celebration. RSVP to usyconvention@uscj.org with your name and party size.

Light the Menorah with Chabad of Gwinnett. Celebrate Chanukah with a live Acoustic concert and the Grand 10 ft Menorah Lighting. On December 21 (the sixth night of Chanukah), join Chabad of Gwinnett for an acoustic Chanukah celebration, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This year’s party will be held in downtown historic Norcross, at Thrasher Park. Admission is free if you RSVP at the website: www.jewishgwinnett.com. Or, pay $4.00 at the door. For more information, call Rabbi Yossi Lerman at 678-595-0196.

Hanukkah on the Beltline. Join Congregation Bet Haverim as they walk and sing Chanukah songs on the Atlanta Beltline. Bring lanterns, glow sticks and wear walking shoes. The walk is about 2 miles round trip. Meet at the Irwin street entrance of the Beltline (Near Irwin and Krog intersection). For more information visit Congregationbethaverim.org.

Mon, Dec 22

Community Hanukkah Celebration at Etz Chaim. The MJCCA is partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Cobb and North Fulton county synagogue congregations for a Community Hanukkah Celebration. Celebrate the seventh night of the Festival of Lights with festivities, including: Lighting of the Menorah, Israeli music, storytelling, crafts, homemade sufganiyot and more. Chabad of Cobb, Congregation Etz Chaim, Temple Beth Tikvah and Temple Kol Emeth are partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the MJCCA to host the festivities. Location: Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta, Ga. More info: (404) 870-1625, swyatt@jfga.org.

Tues, Dec 23

Chanukah Night at the Atlanta Hawks. Celebrate Chanukah with The Atlanta Hawks and Chabad Tuesday, December 23. Special Menorah Lighting at Center Court during Halftime and Kosher concessions. Special group rates available. Visit Atlantajewishheritage.com for more information.