Photo of the Week: Celebrating Hanukkah Around the World

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro lights the menorah in Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, December 12, 2012. [State Department photo by Matty Stern/ Public Domain]

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Our “Photo of the Week” comes to us from Matty Stern, the photographer at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, and shows U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro lighting the menorah on the fifth night of Hanukkah in Dizengoff Square on December 12, 2012. 

In Washington, President Obama and the First Lady celebrated Hanukkah with a reception at the White House on the sixth night of Hanukkah on December 13. This year, Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, began on Saturday, December 8 and concludes on Sunday, December 16.

In a statement, the President said, “Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah around the world. 

"This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of the Maccabees who rose up to liberate… more »

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro meets with Israeli Air Force Air Defense Forces Commander Brig Gen. Doron Gavish, battery commander Capt. Revital Uzan, and battery soldiers during his visit to the site of the newly-deployed Iron Dome battery in southern Israel on April 5, 2012. [State Department photo by Matty Stern/ Public Domain]

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro meets with Israeli Air Force Air Defense Forces Commander Brig Gen. Doron Gavish, battery commander Capt. Revital Uzan, and battery soldiers during his visit to the site of the newly-deployed Iron Dome battery in southern Israel on April 5, 2012. [State Department photo by Matty Stern/ Public Domain]