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Celebrate the start of Chanukah and see it rain chocolate gold coins
Chanukah
Rabbi Levi Mentz speaks to a crowd gathered at The Collection to celebrate the start of Chanukah and the lighting of the nine-foot-tall menorah. - photo by Alexander Popp

The Jewish Community of Forsyth County is asking local residents to join them in celebrating the holiday of Chanukah at their annual menorah lighting ceremony Tuesday at The Collection at Forsyth on Peachtree Parkway.

This year’s festivities will include live music, Chanukah food, hot drinks and kids holiday crafts all provided by local sponsors and the community of Chabad Forsyth, according to Levi Mentz, rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel. 

Chabad Forsyth Chanukah Spectacular

When: Dec. 4, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Where: 410 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming

More Info: www.jewishforsyth.org

"What people need to know is that this has become an annual event of community unity where hundreds come together from all walks of life, all backgrounds to celebrate light and life," Mentz said.

Mentz said that the event’s grand finale will be provided by the Forsyth County Fire Department when they shower the crowd with chocolate coins from the top of a ladder truck.

"The mega highlight this year is that the Forsyth County Fire Department with their ladder truck is dropping over 1,200 Chanukah chocolate Gelt coins," he said. "It's going to be raining Gelt."

He said that the Chanukah tradition of giving chocolate coins commemorates the act of charity and spreading light by sharing wealth.

"Even though the chocolate is not going to necessarily help anyone else besides your own taste buds, it's another opportunity to drive the same point home, that charity is a phenomenal way to light up the world," he said.

As in years past, the event will take place at the Collection's Central Park at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Mentz said that all ages are welcomed and encouraged to come out to the free event. 

"This is for the entire community,” he said. “It has always been and always will be an evening of community unity."

More information can be found at www.jewishforsyth.org.