[Photos below.] Yesterday, the National Menorah was lit on the Ellipse. See below for the program and photos:
Hon. Jeff Zients, Acting Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, participated in the lighting ceremony, and brought special greetings from President and Mrs. Obama, Vice President and Dr. Biden, and the Administration. Event chaired by Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Executive Vice President, American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad);
Two winners of the Rabbi Mendy Deren Memorial National Menorah Essay Contest — Rivkah Goldenberg (11) of Lawrenceville, NY and Dovid Moritz (9) of Pittsburgh, PA
Special Performance by the United States Navy Band, led by Capt. Brian O. Walden and the Three Cantors – Jeff Nadel (Musical Director), Yaakov Motzen and Yaakov Lemmer.
Thousands of free menorah kits, hot latkes and donuts distributed.
Dreidelman makes an appearance.
Greetings from Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, National Director, American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) and Chairman, Executive Committee, Agudas Chassidei Chabad, which is the umbrella organization of the international Chabad Lubavitch movement, with over 4000 centers in 48 states and 80 countries.
See below for photos: