First National Menorah Lighting

Title

First National Menorah Lighting

Description

On the first night of Hanukkah in 1979, President Jimmy Carter walked from the White House to Lafayette Park to light the first public Menorah near the Mall. Sponsored by the American Friends of Chabad-Lubavitch, Abraham Shemtov and Levi Shemtov built the Menorah for several years. It was first called the National Menorah by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. The Menorah remained in Lafayette Square until 1987 when it moved to its current location on the Ellipse. The National Menorah is always lit by the President or a member of the President’s administration.

Source

Jimmy Carter Library. View original.

Date

12/17/1979

Coverage

Event Sort Date

19791217

Description

On the first night of Hanukkah in 1979, President Jimmy Carter walked from the White House to Lafayette Park to light the first public Menorah near the Mall. Sponsored by the American Friends of Chabad-Lubavitch, Abraham Shemtov and Levi Shemtov built the Menorah for several years. It was first called the National Menorah by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. The Menorah remained in Lafayette Square until 1987 when it moved to its current location on the Ellipse. The National Menorah is always lit by the President or a member of the President’s administration.

Date

12/17/1979

Coverage

1950-1979

Source

Jimmy Carter Library. View original.