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  • Daniel Pearl Hanukkah menorah to be lit at White House

    first_imgPearl’s parents, Encino residents, are also editors of “I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl,” a collection of essays from 147 Jews in 12 countries including Larry King, Kirk Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss and Mike Wallace. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The parents of slain journalist Daniel Pearl will join President Bush and first lady Laura Bush at the White House today to light the Pearl family Hanukkah menorah. The menorah to be used in the ceremony originally belonged to the grandparents of Pearl’s father, Judea — Chaim and Rosa Pearl — who brought it with them when they moved from Poland to what is now Israel in 1924 to establish the town of Bnai-Brak, according to the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter abducted and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, remembered his great-grandfather in his last hours. His final words captured on videotape were: “I am a Jewish American from Encino. My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish. Back in the town of Bnai-Brak there is a street named after my great- grandfather Chaim Pearl, who is one of the founders of the town.” “To think that this menorah which has traveled from Poland to Bnai-Brak would one day be glowing in the White House is simply beyond my wildest imagination,” said Judea Pearl, a UCLA professor and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“This tribute to our son and to the town that his great-grandfather founded in 1924 honors hundred of thousands of such menorahs which were brought to Israel from many countries by freedom-seeking Jews who, inspired by the story of the Maccabees, achieved sovereignty and dignity by rebuilding their historic homeland,” he said. “Our family is humbled and honored by this unexpected tribute and we hope that our menorah serves as a visual reminder to all people who are facing darkness that, with hope and perseverance, freedom and goodness will prevail,” said Daniel Pearl’s mother, Ruth Pearl. The menorah lighting ceremony will take place in the foyer of the White House at 2 p.m. Pacific time. The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding, counter cultural and religious hatred, encourage responsible and creative journalism and enrich people’s lives through music. last_img read more