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Lewis, Schrieber Attend White House Hanukkah Reception

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Village Shalom President and CEO Matt Lewis and Kansas City Jewish Community Center Executive Director Jacob Schreiber were among some 500 guests attending the 2014 White House Hanukkah Reception, one of two such events that ushered in the second night of the holiday.

Jacob Schreiber and Matt Lewis outside the White House East Wing. (Photo credit: Edna Levy)

President Barack Obama addressed the gathering and introduced two students and a teacher from Hand in Hand, an Arab-Jewish school in Israel that had been the recent target of arson. The students lit two candles on the menorah as Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at Amercian Jewish University in Los Angeles, recited the holiday candle blessings.

President Obama addressing the Hanukkah Reception gathering. (Photo credit: Steve Sheffey, JTA)

The annual tradition was established in 2001 as an opportunity for the U.S. President to mark the festival of Hanukkah with American Jewish politicians, educators and organization leaders.