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Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the Maccabees’ win over the Syrian Greek army and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the holy temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah, or lamp.

This year, it will start at sundown Dec. 22 and end at sundown Dec. 30, and local synagogues and temples will celebrate the holiday with numerous services over that time period.

Though most local Jewish synagogues and temples will host events and services throughout the week of Hanukkah, the Neighbor is only listing the main events per house of worship.

Here is a list of local Hanukkah celebrations, according to each house of worship’s website:

Ahavath Achim

Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. in Buckhead, will host Sparks of Light, its Hanukkah celebration, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. The event will include fireworks, games, crafts and food with cookie decorating, menorah and candle making, arts and crafts, food and more.

Tickets are $18 per child and free for prepaid Shabbat and Holiday Package holders, and can be purchased in advance by visiting the website below. Attendees are also asked to bring a new toy to donate to the Z’havah Sisterhood’s toy drive.

Information: 404-355-5222 or

Congregation B’nai Torah

Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mount Vernon Hwy. in Sandy Springs, will host its Hanukkah healing service Dec. 14 at 10 a.m.

Information: 404-257-0537 or

Congregation Beth Tefillah

Congregation Beth Tefillah, 5065 High Point Road in Sandy Springs, will host its first Mincha/Maariv Hanukkah service Dec. 22 at 5:15 p.m.

Information: 404-843-2464 or

Congregation Or Hadash

Congregation Or Hadash, 7460 Trowbridge Road in Sandy Springs, will host Hanukkah “Fry”day Dec. 27 at 5:15 p.m. The event will include fried fish, salads and holiday goodies. The candle lighting begins at 5:37 pm.

The cost is $18 per family or $4 per person. Online RSVP is required.

Information: 404-250-3338 or

Congregation Or VeShalom

Congregation Or VeShalom, 1681 N. Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven, hosted its Hanukkah Bazaar Dec. 8 but will also host some regular services during Hanukkah.

Information: 404-633-1737 or

Temple Emanu-El

Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive in Sandy Springs, hosted most of its Hanukkah-related non-service events before Dec. 22 but will host Shabbat services Dec. 27 and 28.

Information: 770-395-1340 or

Temple Sinai

Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive in Sandy Springs, will host its Congregational Chanukah Dinner Dec. 27 at 5:30 p.m. It will include dinner, dreidel spinning, crafts and a photo booth.

The cost is $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 4 to 17 and free for children 3 and under.

Information: 404-252-3073 or

The Temple

The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St. in Midtown, will host three special events during Hanukkah: Shabbanukkah at The Temple Parts 1 and 2, family affairs set for Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 27 at 6 p.m., respectively, and Project Merry Mitzvah, a volunteer opportunity for teens, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m.

Information: 404-873-1731 or


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