(JTA) – The Trump White House is throwing an in-person Chanukah party, one of a series of recent events the administration has held despite coronavirus concerns. The reception will be held Dec. 9 in the afternoon, a day before the holiday’s first candle lighting, according to an invitation obtained by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Jewish staff held semi-formal Chanukah parties during the Clinton administration, but George W. Bush was the first president to make them a formal event. President Barack Obama continued the tradition, increasing the parties to two per year to meet demand. Trump also has held two Chanukah parties each year of his presidency.
Main Photo: An invitation to the White House Hanukkah party (Courtesy)