By Nathan Guttman for The Jewish Daily Forward
time to check your inbox. The White House has sent out invitation for
this year’s Hanukkah reception hosted by President Obama.
It is a
good way of measuring one’s status in the world of Jewish leadership.
If you’re not invited to the White House reception you’re either from
the wrong party (in that case you might want to check out the RJC’s
party) or you’ve just no longer a “Jewish leader.”
The good news
is that this year’s list of invitees, which usually reaches 300-400
members of the tribe, is expected to be even bigger. In fact, the
traditional White House Hanukkah reception will, for the first time, be
divided into two receptions, one after the other.
The events, an
administration source promised, would be identical, so no need to fret
over which reception is better. They’ll be plenty of Jewish VIP’s at
both events. Israeli-born Grammy winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari is
expected to perform, and, just as in previous years, the White House
kitchen will be made kosher for one day, to provide for the crowd.
those who did not get a White House invitation, they’ll be a host of
other opportunities to light the Menorah with Washington movers and
shakers: at the Congress, the Pentagon, and of course the traditional
lighting of the National Menorah sponsored by Chabad at the Ellipse just
south of the White House, next to the national Christmas tree.