Temple Kol Emeth ushered in the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, on Tuesday night. Families and friends gathered for a festive dinner at Frankie’s restaurant on Roswell Road in East Cobb.
Rabbi Steven Lebow led the congregation in the blessings to light the first candle of the 9-branched menorah (hanukkiah). After dinner, the crowd went over to Temple Kol Emeth at 1415 Old Canton Road for an outdoor community lighting of TKE’s 8-foot hanukkiah. Songs were sung as the congregation gathered under the flickering lights.
Hanukkah means dedication, and the holiday commemorates the rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem after a war of religious freedom against the Jews' Greek-Syrian oppressors in the second century B.C.E.
A public Menorah scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at East Cobb Park has been cancelled because of rain; lightings will take place at Temple Kol Emeth Friday through Tuesday at 7 p.m.
More Hanukkah events in East Cobb can be found here.