Biden to Light National Menorah



It was announced today that Vice President Joe Biden will attend the program marking the 35th Anniversary of the National Chanukah Menorah Lighting, held on the Ellipse.

The National Menorah, the world’s largest, will be lit in a ceremony seen around the world Tuesday, December 16 at 4:00 pm, he first night of Chanukah.

“We are honored that Vice President Joe Biden will be attending the lighting ceremony of the National Menorah on December 16th,” said Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Executive Vice President of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), which sponsors the annual event.

He is the highest ranking U.S. government official to light this public menorah in 35 years.

Further logistical information for guests is forthcoming, and attendees are encouraged to arrive as early as possible due to security measures. Gates will open at approximately 2:00PM.

The jumbo chanukiah stands on the Ellipse across from the White House. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and is scheduled to include foods like latkes and sufganiot. The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” will be among the musical entertainers.


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  1. Shame on those for choosing Biden to light the menorah. This man responded”over my dead body” when asked to free Jonathan pollard. Tell me what one good thing did Biden do to call him a friend?
    A better choice would have been Rudolph Gulliani. Remember how Gulianni had Arafat escorted our of the theater and refused to return to New York. That , my friends, is a friend who stood up for us.

  2. Please Please please have some common sense!

    Lighting the “national menorah” is simply a Symbolic act that remind our Jewish presence in this country.

    Too many cynical people trying to undermine a nice gesture of American Freedom. Vice President Biden is the second highest official in the land so it is logical that he is honored.