The White House celebrated the fourth night of Hanukkah on Wednesday, with a menorah-lighting ceremony that marked the first time it was celebrated with a Jewish spouse of a President or Vice President.
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Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff told an East Room crowd of dignitaries, he was honored to be included in the ceremony at the people’s house, “as the first Jewish spouse of an American president or vice president.”
“It’s humbling, and it’s not lost on me that I stand before you all on behalf of all the Jewish families and communities out there across our country,” he said.
President Joe Biden welcomed Emhoff saying he turned a White House tradition into a family tradition.
Emhoff was joined by Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, Dr. Rabbi Aaron Glatt and Susan Stern in lighting the menorah.
The White House said the menorah was on loan from the National Museum of American Jewish History and designed by Holocaust survivor Manfred Anson.
Anson, who died in 2012, was a collector of Judaica and designed this menorah in honor of Philadelphia’s very own Liberty Bell. The bells were cast from a souvenir tchotchke that Anson collected after immigrating to the U.S., and each is inscribed with the name of a Jewish American.