Beam of Light: The Story of the First White House Menorah
Beam of Light: The Story of the First White House Menorah

Beam of Light: The Story of the First White House Menorah

By Elisa Boxer


Publication Date: October 15, 2024

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

The first piece of Judaica in the White House's permanent holiday collection was introduced for Hanukkah in 2022. This lovely picture book tells the history and importance of its creation.

The official White House menorah is a symbol of strength and perseverance against seemingly insurmountable odds. It was created from a piece of reclaimed wood salvaged during a Truman-era renovation of the building. That beam of White House wood sat in storage for seventy years, through thirteen different presidents. It might have been destroyed, but instead it waited for its new purpose. And so, in 2022, it was transformed into a menorah that will shine its beams of light every year, celebrating the resilience and permanence of Jewish people in America and abroad.

About the Author

Elisa Boxer is an Emmy-winning journalist whose writing has been featured in publications including The New York Times and Fast Company. She is the author of several acclaimed nonfiction picture books, including The Tree of Life and Hidden Hope. She lives in Maine with her family.

Author Residence: Maine

Sofia Moore is a Jewish Ukrainian-American artist and illustrator based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She loves painting traditionally and layering textures both on paper and digitally.

Illustrator Residence:Las Vegas, NV

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Length: 32 pages

Publisher: Rocky Pond Books

Publication Date: October 15, 2024

ISBN: 9780593698174

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