Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Menorahs

The White House is looking for a special menorah for this year's Hanukkah celebration hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Past menorahs have ranged from historical treasures to original art.  In 2012 it came from a synagogue damaged during Hurricane Sandy and the following year it came from a synagogue destroyed during the Holocaust.  Another that year was the "Statue of Liberty Menorah" from the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

"This year, we’re trying something new. We’re looking for a special and unique menorah that tells a story to be part of our candle lighting ceremony. A story about family, about community, about the long Jewish cultural tradition in the United States, Israel, or around the world. And we are asking for your help to find it," said a White House statement. 

If you have a candidate or just want to know more about it, check out the White House website.  Or if you want more information, you can contact Josh Boxerman at A word of caution:  even if your menorah is chosen that doesn't guarantee you an invitation to the lighting ceremony.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.