The eight days of Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, begins Tuesday, and there are plenty of events catering to the East Cobb Jewish community.
Menorah lightings are the central activities, and will have a lighting ceremony every evening except Thursday and continuing through next Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The lightings will take place from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the synagogue's parking lot. Temple Kol Emeth is located at 1415 Old Canton Road, at the intersection of Sewell Mill Road.
On Wednesday, "Light Up the Night," a community Menorah lighting celebration, takes place starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Fountains of Olde Towne Shopping Center, 736 Johnson Ferry Road.
The festivities include "A Taste of Chanukah," featuring live music, latkes, falafel, knishes and more. The event is free and there nominal fees for the food. The event is sponsored by Chabad of Cobb.
Chabad also is holding a Chanukah Expo that includes dreidel-making on Thursday, a magic show on Sunday and key-chain making next Monday. All the events will take at the Stonewood Village Shopping Center, 4719 Lower Roswell Road and Woodlawn Drive.
On Thursday, a community Menorah lighting will take place at , 3322 Roswell Road, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Kol Emeth will hold its annual Chinese dinner and dancing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If you're interested in preparing food for Hanukkah, the Whole Foods Market at Merchant's Walk has recipes for latkes, brisket and other specialties.