Nashville celebrates Festival of Lights

Posted on: December 30th, 2017 by tgregory

When Hanukkah started on Dec. 12, Jewish community members gathered downtown to celebrate with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and light a new 12-foot menorah positioned on the Courthouse Square. As families across the area lit candles, Nashville’s congregations held special events in synagogues and throughout the city. Latkes and more awaited participants at the Gordon JCC’s annual Hanukkah Fest on Dec. 17. Here are a few photos capturing the celebration. •


Children dressed as dreidels dance in the Courthouse square on the first night of Hanukkah. PHOTOGRAPH BY RON GALBRAITH

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry helps usher in Hanukkah outside the Courthouse.

Bernie Pargh (left) has passed down the tradition of crispy, tasty latkes to his son, Franklin Pargh. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL ABRAMSON

Bernie Pargh (left), son Franklin Pargh, Emily May, Carla Rosenthal, Alyssa Trachtman, Mark Robin and Sy Trachtman work their magic on simple ingredients to keep Hanukkah Fest attendees in plenty of latkes. PHOTOGRAPH BY KATHY CARLSON

The tables are full of families and friends sharing dinner and games during Hanukkah Fest 2018 at the Gordon JCC on Dec. 17. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL ABRAMSON

The menorah outside the Gordon JCC glows on the last night of Hanukkah. PHOTOGRAPH BY KATHY CARLSON