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From: "Diaz, Kevin B" >
Date: December 14, 2016 at 8:35:21 PM GMT-5
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At approximately 7:35 pm, POTUS and FLOTUS made their second appearance of the day for the second edition of the White House Hanukkah reception in the East Room.
They were accompanied by Rabbis Rachel Isaacs,Chemi Peres, and Mika Almog.
Also in attendance to light the Menorah was the family of the late Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
Among the VIP this evening: Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as Judge Merrick Garland, Obama’s stymied pick for the high court.
Also Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman.
POTUS combined light-hearted remarks about celebrating Hanukkah early to enjoy vodka and jelly doughnuts, as well as more serious comments about the holiday’s meaning for tolerance and survival over the millennia, as well as in American history.
He noted that this is the Obama’s eight Hanukkah celebration.
“This is a White House tradition, and we are proud to carry it on,” he said.
The story of Hanukkah, he added, “is so familiar, even gentiles know it… This 2,000-year-old tale never gets old.”
“It’s easy sometimes to take thsee fundamental freedoms for granted,” he said.
He also praised the Jewish community’s history of struggle for freedom. “This community has been at the forefront of every fight for freedom,” he said, recalling Selma and other civil rights flashpoints.
The Jewish people’s courage and faith, he added, “reminds us there are better days ahead.”
(This drew much laughter).
POTUS’s reminder that the Obamas are soon to leave the White House was met with wails and calls of “No!”
“We’ll meet you on the other side,” Obama said, consolingly. “We still got a lot of work to do, and we look forward to doing that work with you.”
Pls check against transcript to follow -
On background from a White House Official:
President Obama will deliver remarks to approximately 550 guests at the evening White House Hanukkah Reception. As in recent years, the food for this afternoon’s event is under the strict rabbinical supervision of Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Lubavitch Center of Washington (Chabad), in cooperation with the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington.
The President will be joined by Rabbi Rachel Isaacs,Chemi Peres, and Mika Almog. Rabbi Isaacs will recite the traditional Hanukkah blessings. Chemi Peres and Mika Almog will light the menorah candles.
Walden-Peres Family Menorah, owned by the Walden-Peres Family
This silver menorah, like the holiday it represents and the family it belongs to, symbolizes a steely resilience and radiant sense of hope. Rina Walden’s parents, Tova and Aharon Rosenblum, purchased the menorah in the early 1900s. Rina eventually married Joseph and started a family. Faced by the dangers of an impending war, the young family fled their home in Poland and concealed their Jewishness and their family menorah. The Walden family survived the raid and the war, and eventually moved to Israel in 1952. Among their meager belongings, they brought their menorah. Two decades later, their son Raphael married Tsvia Peres, the daughter of Sonia and Shimon Peres, one of Israel’s founding fathers and most prominent lights. The two families have since gathered together every Hanukkah to light this menorah and recall the miracle of its existence and the Jewish people’s continued survival.
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Items on Display from the Library of Congress
Items on display include a 1790 greeting and response letter between President George Washington and Moses Seixas, a warden from the first Jewish congregation of Newport, Rhode Island. Seixas penned a greeting to President Washington expressing his gratitude on behalf of the Jewish community and the President sent a letter in response and assured the community that “the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” The greeting and the letter have since become foundational documents for the expression of support for religious liberty in the United States.
U. S. Marine Chamber Orchestra
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Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional music organization. Its primary mission is unique—to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Whether in White House performances, public concerts or national tours, the music of the Marine Band is the music of America. In its third century, the Marine Band continues a tradition of excellence that earned it the title, “The President’s Own.”
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