Video, Photos: National Menorah Lit in DC


chanukah-menorah[Video and photos below.] The annual lighting ceremony of the National Menorah took place yesterday in front of the White House in Washington, DC, with thousands attending. As first reported by, Chazzan Itche Meir Helfgot performed, as did violinist Itzhak Perlman.

The annual world-famous lighting ceremony of the National Menorah on The Ellipse is sponsored by American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) through its National Menorah Council and is organized by Rabbi Levi Shemtov.

The menorah was lit by Jack Lew, the White House budget chief, who is the most senior Jewish official in the Obama administration.

The United States Navy Band with Jeff Nadel and the Three Cantors performed special Chanukah selections.

Click below to watch:


National Menorah – Washington, DC from on Vimeo.

See below for photos

{ by: Baruch Ezagui}


  1. National, meaning “endorsed” by the American government. The fact that a goyishe government endorses a “ruchniusdike” concept of Yiddishkeit is no small endeavor and should be praised!