Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: White House Hanukkah Reception

First Lady Jill Biden

First Lady Jill Biden speaks at a Hanukkah reception at the White House.


First Lady Jill Biden and President Joe speak at a Hanukkah reception at the White House. Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker of Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem, NC also speaks at the reception and leads the lighting of the menorah.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • CLIP #1: What inspired the 2022 White House decorations and what "endures" each year, according to First Lady Jill Biden?
  • CLIP #1: From what is the new White House menorah made and what do the silver cups "magnify?"
  • CLIP #1: Based on the clip, from where have past White House menorahs come and what is "recreated" with the lighting of the menorah?
  • CLIP #2: How does Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker respond when other people discuss the Colleyville synagogue hostage crisis (2022)?
  • CLIP #2: What is the "story" of Hanukkah? Describe what you see and hear during the lighting of the menorah.
  • CLIP #3: What is the "promise" of America?
  • CLIP #3: According to President Joe Biden, what is the "miracle" of the jar of oil?
  • CLIP #3: Based on the clip, what does the Talmud teach? What are the "perils of indifference?"
  • CLIP #3: Summarize President Biden's comments about the menorah lighters.

Additional Resources



    • Antisemitism
    • Colleyville Synagogue Hostage Crisis (2022)
    • Constitution
    • Deborah Lipstadt
    • Elie Wiesel
    • First Lady
    • Generation
    • Hanukkah
    • Harry Truman
    • Holocaust
    • Hyperbole
    • Jill Biden
    • Joe Biden
    • Judaism
    • Maccabees And The Oil
    • Menorah
    • President
    • Second Temple Of Jerusalem
    • Talmud
    • United States Special Envoy For Monitoring And Combating Anti-semitism
    • White House


    Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesForeign Policy


    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity