Above: Emanu-El Rabbis Scott Colbert and Spike Anderson flank Georgia’s first couple at the Governor’s Mansion in Buckhead (Photo by Leonard Goodelman).

With Chanukah starting on Christmas Eve, while schools are on vacation and many people are traveling, synagogues are getting an early start on celebrations, including several events Sunday, Dec. 11. Temple Emanu-El brought a celebration of the season and Georgia’s Jewish history to the Governor’s Mansion in Buckhead, while Congregation Or VeShalom held its 41st annual Chanukah bazaar in Brookhaven. Also that day, Congregation Shearith Israel held its Chanukah party in Morningside, just down the street from the home of Anshi Rabbi Mayer Freedman and his wife, Shani, who welcomed the neighborhood for a Chanukah party the night before.