WASHINGTON (WNCN) – A Hanukkah lamp in the collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art was used for the candle-lighting ceremony at the annual White House celebration of Hanukkah Wednesday afternoon.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the reception, which was also attended by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in the East Room of the White House.
“It is an extraordinary honor for this masterpiece from our Judaic art collection to receive this recognition, and to play a part in such a beautiful ceremony,” said NCMA Deputy Director for Art John Coffey, who will also attend the reception.
This is the first year the White House accepted recommendations for the menorah to be used. Coffey submitted the Museum’s lamp, made in Jerusalem in the 1920s, for consideration.