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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:29 PM
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Obamas Host White House Hanukkah Party
By Haaretz
Published December 09, 2011



The annual Hanukkah reception timeline at the White House does not change much each year. Usually, there is some unique Menorah, brought especially for the festive occasion (this time, a Menorah made in a displaced persons camp after World War II, was lent by The Jewish Museum in New York), a mix of Jewish lawmakers, officials, rabbis, activists and donors, presidents remarks, music and good food.

But each year, there seem to be more and more smartphones, with guests barely looking at the President wishing them happy holiday. Instead, everyone is busy taking photos or videos of him.

This year, in a hall traditionally decorated with the Christmas tree (and a Menorah on the podium), President Obama, accompanied by the First Lady, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, greeted about 550 guests. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was also present, along with the new White House Director of Jewish Outreach, Jarrod Bernstein, the Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, AIPACs Howard Kohr and Lee Rosenberg, Conference of Presidents Malcolm Hoenlein, NJDCs David Harris, the Orthodox Unions Natan Diament and many others.

The Hanukkah reception came about a week earlier than the holiday itself, which the President readily acknowledged, Were jumping the gun just a little bit. The way I see it, were just extending the holiday spirit. Were stretching it out. But we do have to be careful that your kids dont start thinking Hanukkah lasts 20 nights instead of eight. That will cause some problems..

http://www.forward.com/articles/147623/
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:33 PM
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1. Pretty people
They are beautiful. I want to look like Michelle!!!!!!!!
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