Mayor Emanuel, Rabbi Benhiyoun

Mayor Emanuel, Rabbi Benhiyoun

Rabbi Benhiyoun, Shaina Benhiyoun, Levi Benhiyoun, Mayor Emanuel

Rabbi Benhiyoun, Shaina Benhiyoun, Levi Benhiyoun, Mayor Emanuel

Levi Benhiyoun, Mayor Emanuel, Shaina Benhiyoun, Rabbi Benhiyoun

Levi Benhiyoun, Mayor Emanuel, Shaina Benhiyoun, Rabbi Benhiyoun

Levi Benhiyoun with Mayor Emanuel in D.C.

Levi Benhiyoun with Mayor Emanuel in D.C.

Levi Benhiyoun, Mayor Emanuel, Rabbi Benhiyoun

Levi Benhiyoun, Mayor Emanuel, Rabbi Benhiyoun

Menorah at Daley Plaza

Menorah at Daley Plaza

Chicago's First Jewish Mayor Greets Chabad Rabbi and Family for Chanukah

“A very warm and friendly encounter” said Rabbi Benhiyoun, reflecting upon his conversations with Mayor Emanuel.
On December 21, 2011 - By Center for Jewish Life

Chicago’s First Jewish Mayor Greets Chabad Rabbi and Family for Chanukah

As people everywhere usher in the first light of Chanukah, the newly elected Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel hosted Rabbi Meir Chai Benhiyoun, his wife Rivka and their two youngest children, Ruth Shaina and Levi Yitzvhak, in the mayoral chambers for a pre–Chanukah visit. Due to prior commitments the Mayor is unable to participate in the annual Menorah lighting ceremony at Daley Plaza, the city’s central square. Previously, former Mayor Richard M. Daley would assist in kindling the giant, thirty two foot Menorah.

“A very warm and friendly encounter” said Rabbi Benhiyoun, reflecting upon his conversations with Mayor Emanuel. “I asked him about his new job and the new challenges he is facing as Mayor. He told me: ‘It really depends on how you face challenges. I see challenges as an opportunity to learn something new.’ ‘A humbling and uplifting approach” said Benhiyoun. An approach he relates to as director of Chabad in Downtown Chicago.

For Levi Yitzchak, the Rabbi’s youngest, this was his second moment with Mr. Emanuel. On Chanukah ‘09 Levi, who is now twelve years old, won a national essay contest which he recited on Capitol Hill for the crowds gathered at the public Menorah lighting ceremony. After the ceremony, Levi and then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel posed together for a photo. This time, Mr. Emanuel graciously suggested that they duplicate the moment and take another snapshot together.

Seems like Mayor and Rabbi are off to a promising start; consistent with Rabbi Benhiyoun’s longstanding friendship with previous Mayor Daley. Plans are already under way to host Mayor Rahm Emanuel at next year’s ceremony. For info about this year’s Chanukah programs with Chabad in Downtown Chicago please visit us @ www.centerforjewishlife.com/lightsup.

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