Press Release - Embassy of India Celebrates Hanukkah
December 19, 2016
Embassy of India organized celebration of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah at Ambassador Navtej Sarna's residence on December 19, 2016. The event was attended by around 200 guests including leading members of the Jewish community, representatives from US Administration, Congressional staff, business, think-tanks and media. The event has been held at the Indian Embassy for the last 15 years.
Following the lighting of the Menorah, Ambassador Sarna evoked the rich and historic Jewish tradition in India and the continued deepening of bilateral ties as reflected in the recent high-level exchanges of visits. In his remarks, Ambassador Ron Dermer, Ambassador of Israel to the US described the gathering as a celebration of the remarkable history of both our nations. He noted the truly unique ability of both Israel and India to balance the currents of globalization while preserving their identity. Also, both countries face the threat of terrorism. Mr. Stanley Bergman, Honorary President of American Jewish Committee recalled his growing years in South Africa where they celebrated Diwali and Hanukkah together. Congressman-elect from Maryland, Jamie Raskin emphasized that this was a celebration of freedom and democracy. Other speakers referred to the strengthening India-US relationship based on democratic traditions and human values.