It's the first day and second night of Hanukkah. And, whether at home or in synagogues, those of the Jewish faith are taking time to observe the 8-day holiday in unique and festive ways. There are many customs associated with Hanukkah. From the lighting of the Menorah to food, it's a festive and exciting time. Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of lights.  It includes many customs. The word Hanukkah means rededication. In this case, it has to do with a temple that was rededicated in Jerusalem after the Maccabees defeated the Syrian-Greek rulers. We spoke with Rabbi Fabian Werbin of the Beth Israel Synagogue in Roanoke. “They needed oil for 8 days and they found a flask of oil. Instead of lasting one day it lasted for 8 days,” said Werbin.  And that is what eight of the menorah candles represent. Another is used to light them. Hanukkah is a time where traditional dishes take center stage.

Steve Solomon made Latkes made of zucchini instead of the traditional potato.  He likes the way people bond during holidays. “It's another holiday that tends to draw family together. And especially in my case where most of my family is gone friends mean a lot to me and it helps to draw friends together too,” said Solomon.

Sunday night at the synagogue people gathered for the lighting of the menorah. They also sang, prayed and socialized.

The people attending the event also took time to think about others. They collected food for Feeding America Southwest Virginia.