The White House planning a Hanukkah party


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Biden White House is planning an in-person Hanukkah party for next week, although the details are still tentative.

There were concerns about in-person Hanukkah and Christmas events because of the continued coronavirus threat, insiders told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, but it now appears likely that a party will take place, although the exact date and the dimensions of the party have yet to be set.

A White House spokeswoman said that she had no information at this time about a party.

Invitations have yet to go out, and insiders told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the plans were only firming up on Wednesday. Organizing a party this close to the date of a holiday — Hanukkah starts Sunday night — is unusual for a White House.

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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.

Former President Donald Trump hosted an in-person Hanukkah party in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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