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Celebrating the Festival of Lights

Temple Kol Emeth marks the start of Hanukkah; Thursday Menorah lighting at East Cobb Park has been called off because of rain.

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.

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