PHOTOS: Lakewood Officials Among Attendees of Governor’s Menorah-Lighting Ceremony

PHOTOS: [UPDATED] A special Chanukah celebration was held at the Governor’s Mansion in Princeton, NJ. Flanked by officials from Jewish communities throughout New Jersey, the Governor and the First Lady watched as a Menorah was lit by Rabbi Yosef Carlebach in honor of Chanukah.

Pictured: Rabbi Yosef Carlebach lights the Menorah while Governor Chris Christie, First Lady Mary Pat Christie and Rabbi Mendy Carlebach look on during the Reception at Drumthwacket in Princeton, N.J. on Monday.

Photo credits: Michael Cohen.


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  1. and if you light in a governors house and thats how you are mekayeim the mitzva, then suddenly you cant make a bracha?
    what if i light in the mayors house? also no bracha? a hotel or hospital (that lets), also no bracha?

  2. There is one “shita” who allows making a bracha in a similar instance, provided that they will be davening there…though most poskim are of the opinion that a bracha should not be recited. (See Minchas Yitzchak 6,65).

  3. Why wasnt I invited – I am also an askan????? Yeah! laugh!! diference is that what I do, no one knows about – not even me.. In all seriousness I should have been invited, oh well….

  4. fyi, they did daven there…. so i guess they could make the bracha. and could someone explain to me how they can make a bracha by the menora in manhaten? Noone is living there!! (unless you count the homeless people)

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