Saturday, December 08, 2012

Hanukkah 2012: The White House Menorah

President sends holiday greeting to globe...
UPDATE: CLICK HERE for the post about the President's Hanukkah reception
Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown, and President Obama issued holiday greetings to Jews around the globe on Friday, saying that the Festival of Lights is "a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people" as well as "an opportunity for people of all faiths to recognize the common aspirations we share."  Above, at the White House, a menorah sits on the mantle of the fireplace across from the Grand Staircase in the Foyer on the State Floor, which features four Christmas tress honoring former First Ladies.

The President and Mrs. Obama typically host a White House reception for Hanukkah, but the event has not yet been announced.  The National Menorah will be lit on Sunday at 4:00 PM on the Ellipse behind the White House in a ceremony that dates back to the Carter Administration, but the President will not attend.  Along with the First Family, he is scheduled to attend the 'Christmas in Washington' program at the Newseum.

On Thursday, the President and First Family presided over the 90th annual National Christmas Tree lighting on the Ellipse. 

Click here to read about President Obama's 2011 Hanukkah reception; and watch a video about kashering the White House kitchen

*Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan