Atlanta closed out the eighth night of Chanukah Sunday with events that included a menorah lighting at the Georgia Governor’s mansion hosted by Temple Emanu-El, a lighting at Marietta square hosted by Congregation Ner Tamid and a menorah lighting at North Point Mall hosted by Chabad of North Fulton.

Festival’s Real Deals – Photos by David R. Cohen

The Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood created the annual Chanukah display at the Governor’s Mansion, and as a result, Emanu-El played a featured role in the menorah lighting ceremony first lady Sandra Deal hosted at the mansion Sunday, Dec. 13, to mark the eighth night of the Festival of Lights. The Reform congregation’s youth choir, Shir Hachovim, performed for the final hour of public holiday tours of the Buckhead mansion before the ceremony. In addition to the first lady and Gov. Nathan Deal, the event included Israeli Consul General Judith Varnai Shorer and Emanu-El’s clergy, Rabbis Spike Anderson and Scott Colbert and Cantor Lauren Adesnik, and Emanu-El bused members to the mansion for the celebration.

All Square in Marietta – Photos by David R. Cohen

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Chabad of North Fulton took its Chanukah celebrations to North Point Mall as well as its own campus on the Alpharetta-Johns Creek line. Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz draws a crowd at North Point Mall with a giant Chabad chanukiah on the first night of Chanukah.

Chabad of North Fulton took its Chanukah celebrations to North Point Mall as well as its own campus on the Alpharetta-Johns Creek line. Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz draws a crowd at North Point Mall with a giant Chabad chanukiah on the first night of Chanukah.