Happy Chanukah! Jackson Hole celebrates the Festival of Lights

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The first day of Chanukah began yesterday evening at sundown and will continue for eight days until December 14. Also known as the Festival of Lights, each night of Chanukah is celebrated by lighting an additional candle of the Menorah. Hanukkah festivities traditionally include playing dreidel and eating oil-based foods such as doughnuts and latkes. “The Menorah serves as a symbol of Jackson's dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship freely, celebrate openly, and share in our diversity with pride. Specifically in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her culture free from restraint and persecution, the Menorah takes on profound significance, embodying both Chanukah tradition and constitutional principles,” said Chabad Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn, Executive Director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Jackson Hole. Here are Chanukah events happening around Jackson Hole: *December 10 - Jackson Hole Jewish Community Chanukah Festival:* The festival includes latkes, Chanukah songs and stories presented by the Bet Sefer students. The event is at 610 W Broadway in Jackson and begins at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. *December 10 - Four Seasons Menorah Lighting:* On the fifth night of Chanukah, the Four Seasons Resort in Teton Village is hosting a a Menorah lighting, Chanukah songs and of telling of the story of Chanukah at 5 p.m. *December 10 - Village Commons Menorah Lighting:* From 7 - 8 p.m., the community is invited to a Menorah Lighting Ceremony in the Village Commons at Teton Village. *December 12 - 37th Annual Chanukah Party:* On Saturday, December 12 at 6 p.m. is 37th Annual Chanukah Party. The event includes latkes and fixins’, drinks and dessert. Please bring a main dish or side dish to share. Main dishes encouraged. Kids activities offered. E. Leaven Food Co. $10 suggested donation. *December 12 - Chanukah Menorah Lighting:* At 7 p.m. in Town Square, the Chabad Jewish Center of Jackson Hole is hosting a giant Menorah lighting, singing of Chanukah songs and the telling of the story of Chanukah. Chanukah treats such as hot potato latkes, doughnuts filled with jelly (Sufganiyot), chocolate Chanukah gelt and hot chocolate will be served while Chanukah Menorahs and dreidels will be available for one and all. *Feature Photo: h/t Lance Cpl. Michael Thorn via Creative Commons /