BOISE — Members of the Jewish faith joined with city and state leaders as well as community members for a Hanukkah celebration at the Idaho State Capitol Building Tuesday night.

Also called the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is a celebration of religious liberty.

The Statehouse event was organized by the Chabad Jewish Center in Boise, with the participation of Jewish communities throughout the state.

It featured a menorah lighting ceremony, words of inspiration, and songs and skits performed by children. Those in attendance also enjoyed latkes and donuts - traditional Hanukkah foods.

"Wonderful community celebration here at the Idaho State Capitol celebrating the third night of Hanukkah," Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz said. "We had a beautiful crowd that came out to celebrate and we're just really touched that people joined together at the seat of government for our state."

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Congressman-elect Russ Fulcher were among the elected officials on hand for the festivities.

This year, Hanukkah runs from Sunday, December 2 to Monday December 10.