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Washington - Thousands Help Celebrate Chanukah On the Ellipse in Washington [photos-video]

Published on: December 1, 2010 11:30 PM
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Thousands attend the public lighting of the menorah in Washington, Photo:Boruch EzaguiThousands attend the public lighting of the menorah in Washington, Photo:Boruch Ezagui

Washington - The National Menorah was lit earlier this evening on The White House Ellipse in Washington, DC, in the presence of senior administration officials, Members of Congress, dignitaries and communal leaders. Over 4,000 tickets were distributed to the event, which progressed despite inclement weather earlier in the day and high winds challenging the logistic systems.

The menorah has been lit every year since 1979 and has since enjoyed the particiption of the president, ambassadors, members of congress and international celebrities and public figures.

White House Budget Chief Jacob Lew brought greetings on behalf of the President, the Vice President and their families. Washington, DC, mayor-elect Vince Gray also dropped by to wish a Happy Chanukah to all those in attendance.

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Watch below nearly 1 hour of video footage of the event.

The United States Navy Band performed patriotic marches and special Chanukah melodies before thousands of men and women of all ages and backrounds. A highlight of the event was certainly the special musical presentation by Mr. Itzhak Pelrman and Maestro Itche Meir Helfgot and Hankus Netsky on the piano. Mr. Perlman then conducted the US Navy Band for Oseh Shalom and the FInale of G-d Bless America, with Cantor Halfgot joined by Cantor Yaakov Motzen and National Menorah musical director Cantor Jeff Nadel.

The winners of the National Menorah Essay Contest, Liora Bushee - Hillel Academy, Milwaukee, WI and Chana Leah Altschule - Esformes Cheder Lubavitch, Chicago, IL, proudly read their winning entries.

But the show was certainly stolen by the appearance of Dreidelman, a large character who appeared to roars of applause and entertained the crowd by dancing to the song “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” and falling on…gimmel!
All were then treated to delicious hot latkes and donuts, and free menorahs and dreidels were distributed to the crowd. The event was sponsored by American Friends of Lubavitch in Washington, DC.

Photos by: Baruch Ezagui


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 Dec 01, 2010 at 11:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Kol Hakavod Chabad! You bring pride and joy to thousands. Keep up the good work!

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 06:40 AM Anonymous Says:

No. 1 I agree with you and disagree. For the secular it does bring some pride but I have seen this operations in different parts of the world and there was over 50% non Jews getting donuts, dreidels and menorahs on Jewish money. It help Lubavitch raise money but I don't think it is so wisely spent

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 08:02 AM festayid Says:

Very nice would have loved to b there

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 10:57 AM ALLAN Says:

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Anonymous Says:

No. 1 I agree with you and disagree. For the secular it does bring some pride but I have seen this operations in different parts of the world and there was over 50% non Jews getting donuts, dreidels and menorahs on Jewish money. It help Lubavitch raise money but I don't think it is so wisely spent

Interesting comments....I'll just stay with the pride theme being the winner here...the other portion of your comments may be valid and subject to greater future debate.

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 Dec 02, 2010 at 11:02 AM happyhappy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

No. 1 I agree with you and disagree. For the secular it does bring some pride but I have seen this operations in different parts of the world and there was over 50% non Jews getting donuts, dreidels and menorahs on Jewish money. It help Lubavitch raise money but I don't think it is so wisely spent

What are you talking about? I have been to many Menorah Lightings - it brings out the pintele yid. When you live in the regular Amrican community - this time of year you feel lost. The kids feel out of place in school - we just had an out door lighting - the dancing, the joy, the pride & the tears are worth millions. I don't know which Chabad you have raised money for - but the money is very well spent. Shluchim can have beutiful Chabad Houses - but there personal lives is not easy. Most of them live simply - them and there families give 100% to there communities with joy.
Happy Chanukah!

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