The menorah that made it to the White House

Inbar Shaked Vardi and Mouran Ibrahim, two 9th grade students lit a menorah made by Hand in Hand students with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the second day of Hannukkah in Washington DC.

Take a look at  how we got there:

"The U.S. Embassy asked us to make a menorah to light in the White House," said Efrat Meir, the Jerusalem Community Organizer and art teacher. "We looked for something that could be symbolic for Jews and Arabs, so we decided to make it out of wood from an olive tree from the hills of Jerusalem, where the school is. The branches of our menorah represent the values of our school: community, education, equality, solidarity, freedom, human dignity and peace."



"The menorah was a school-wide project," said Nadia Kinnani, the elementary school principal. "The 10th grade students chose the idea and created the list of values. The Kindergarten students were responsible for the bottom of the menorah - they put their hand prints on it. The 1st - 6th grade students painted the branches and wrote the values in all three languages - Hebrew, Arabic, and English."









Photo credit (in Jerusalem School): Alma Saporta


To read more about the invitation to the White House click here
To learn more about the Arson Attack click here.      
To read what the media had to say about the Arson Attack click here. 


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