Photographs by Sholom Srugo
Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff tied the story of Chanukah to the American immigrant experience, the Holocaust and the wave of antisemitism the country is experiencing as he spoke Sunday before the lighting of the National Menorah on the Ellipse.
“As the vice president said a few weeks ago, we must fight antisemitism and hate of every kind, and call it out when we see it,” Emhoff told attendees, referring to Vice President Kamala Harris.
At the annual holiday event, sponsor American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) introduced a new menorah made of recycled aluminum, according to the organization. Entertainers included the U.S. Air Force Band, Dreidelman and the Three Cantors.
And latkes, donuts and menorah kits and guides were distributed to the crowd after the lighting.