The Atlanta Hawks might not make the playoffs this season, but the team will play at least one game on a seventh night when they host the Miami Heat for the fifth annual Jewish Heritage Night on Monday, Dec. 18, at Philips Arena.
The event, a partnership between the Hawks and Chabad of Georgia, will include a pregame menorah lighting at midcourt and kosher catering by the Kosher Gourmet. The first 200 fans who purchase tickets to the game at hawks.com/jewishheritage will receive a free Jewish Heritage Night Hawks T-shirt.
Local hip-hop artist Sammy K will also perform during pregame and before the menorah lighting.
The Hawks have only two home games during Chanukah, which runs from Dec. 12 to 20. Because of the name of the opponent and the number of candles, it’s fitting that the pregame menorah lighting will happen on the seventh night against the Heat and not four nights earlier against the Detroit Pistons.
“We’re very fortunate to be able to bring this event every year to Philips Arena,” said Rabbi Yale New of Chabad of Georgia. “It’s a great opportunity for the Jewish community, and we have a great relationship with the Hawks. Chanukah is not a just a message for Jewish people, but a message to the entire world about religious freedom, and we’re always excited to bring that to the games.”
The Hawks are 3-1 on Jewish Heritage Night, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 107-97 in 2013 and 107-104 in 2014 and losing to the San Antonio Spurs 103-78 in 2015 before topping the New York Knicks 102-98 in an overtime game last year.
“We are extremely excited to light the menorah at center court again this year,” said Emily Hanover, the Hawks Sr. Consultant, Premium Group Membership. “The Sammy K pre-game show and the special Jewish Heritage Night T-shirt will make for a really fun event.”
Tickets for Jewish Heritage Night are priced at $24, $52, $58 and $64.
The menorah lighting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The game tips off at 7:30.