One of the more prominent activities of the Washington Office is the
annual lighting ceremony of the National Chanukah Menorah, on the
Ellipse, just across from the White House.
This lighting of the world's largest menorah is viewed by millions
across the nation and around the world via media, many of them hundreds
of miles from any Jewish community, which makes it very difficult for
them to otherwise celebrate and enjoy Chanukah properly.
this menorah has become a national symbol of the festival of Chanukah,
bringing inspiration to many communities to sponsor even more public
menorah lighting ceremonies of their own. After all, this is the
essence of the celebration - to proclaim and celebrate the miracle of
Chanukah - The Festival of Lights in the most public manner possible.
way, we reaffirm the celebration of our freedom, inspired by the
historic and present victory of right over might, light over darkness,
and understanding and justice over intolerance and bigotry.
National Menorah Council is uniquely positioned and prepared to offer
creative, logistical and other support to many communities, as initial
hesitation is replaced by pride and enthusiasm regarding this
addition, our critically acclaimed annual celebration of Chanukah on
the internet, "Virtual Chanukah", has attracted as many as five million
hits (really!) in three weeks.
innovative concepts like Olive Drops, CyberDreidle, e-mitzvot, etc.,
Jews anywhere can illuminate their homes and lives with the special
glow and meaning of the Chanukah lights, celebrating the victory of
right over might, good over evil, and light over darkness.
marked the 25th anniversary celebration of the National Menorah
coinciding with the formation of the National Menorah Council, which
now enjoys support in 50 states.
activities include the development of a global Chanukah celebration,
across all times zones, building on the successful "Chanukah Live"
intercontinental satellite transmissions of Chanukah celebrations,
established in 1989.