AP photo from 2002 White House menorah lighting
Mukasey to light menorah
Michael Mukasey, the U.S. attorney-general, will light the Chabad Lubavitch chanukiyyah on the Ellipse in front of the White House.
Mukasey, who is an Orthodox Jew, will light what has come to be known as the "national menorah" on Tuesday evening, the first night of Hanukah. The U.S. Marine Band will provide musical accompaniment.
The event is organized by American Friends of Lubavitch and will be broadcast on satellite radio and on the web. Information is available at http://nationalmenorah.org/. (Jewish Telegraph Agency, November 30, 2007)
Visit the Chabad Lubavitch official "National Menorah" website for photos of last year's 30' tall menorah lighting on the White House elipse:
"Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad's representative in Washington, bears certain similarities to the menorah whose lighting he engineers each year on the White House lawn: big, warm and impossible to ignore...
"Shemtov's highest profile event is still the menorah lighting on the White House lawn. This year's lighting will be held Sunday at 4 p.m., with a musical peformance by the National Menorah Electric Dreidel Orchestra and The Three Cantors. Honors will go to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who is Jewish.
"It's a brazen mark of influence, especially as the menorah lighting claims to speak for an American Jewish community that traditionally has been uncomfortable with displays of belief on public land." ("Chabad's man makes mark in D.C.," Ron Kampeas, Washington Jewish Week, December 12, 2005)
This brazen display of influence began during Jimmy Carter's presidency:
President Jimmy Carter lights a menorah in 1979 in Lafayette Park, across the street from the North Portico of the White House.
28 years later a 30' tall eyesore appears on the White House lawn each Chanukah. But such brazen displays of influence are not at all limited to Washington D.C.
NYC to light world's largest menorah
NEW YORK (AP) — What organizers say is the world's largest menorah will be lit every night during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, beginning Dec. 4, at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, near Central Park.
The menorah, sponsored by the Lubavitch Youth Organization, stands 32 feet tall. The lighting of the gigantic candelabra will take place at 5:30 p.m. each night through Dec. 11, except for the Friday-Saturday Sabbath observance, when the lightings will take place at 3:40 p.m. on (Friday) Dec. 7 and 8:30 p.m. on (Saturday) Dec. 8.
The menorah is lit with oil lamps protected from the wind by specially designed glass chimneys. A cherry-picker crane provided by the Con Edison electric utility will lift the lamplighters up to kindle the flames.
If you're elsewhere during the holiday and you'd like to take part in a Hanukkah celebration, check out http://www.chabad.org/hanukkahevents, which lists menorah-lightings in 486 cities in 27 countries. The holiday events, sponsored by Chabad-Lubavitch, a Jewish outreach organization, are open to the public. (USA Today, November 29, 2007)