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Biden White House is planning a last-minute Chanukah party — in person

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Biden White House is planning an in-person Chanukah party for next week.

Moshe Margareten lights candles at the White House Hanukkah party in 2019. (Screenshot from YouTube)

The Chanukah party has been a White House tradition since 2001. But the Trump administration’s decision to hold one in person last year, as the coronavirus pandemic raged, turned the normally bipartisan meet-and-mingle into a politically polarized event.

This year, the pandemic is ongoing, and there were concerns about in-person Chanukah and Christmas events as a result, insiders told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. But the event is set to take place with a menorah lighting at the White House on Dec. 1, with invitations going out Wednesday, just one week before the party. Organizing a party this close to the date of a holiday — Chanukah starts Sunday night — is unusual for a White House.

President Joe Biden has been attending more in-person events recently that involve mixing with people. This week he and his wife, Jill Biden, attended a Thanksgiving get-together with military families in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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