LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Daniel Pearl Foundation today
announced that Professor and Mrs. Judea Pearl will join President Bush and
First Lady Laura Bush in lighting the Pearl's family Menorah in this year's
Hanukkah celebration at the White House. The Menorah used in the ceremony
originally belonged to Professor Pearl's grandparents, Chaim and Rosa
Pearl, who brought it with them when they moved from Poland to Israel in
1924 to establish the town of Bnai-Brak.
Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal Reporter who was abducted and
murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, remembered his
great-grandfather in his last hours. His final words, captured on video
tape, were: "I am a Jewish American from Encino, California. 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 Professor Judea Pearl, Daniel's father and President of
the Daniel Pearl Foundation. "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 re-building their historic homeland."
"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 Danny's mother, Ruth Pearl.
The Menorah lighting ceremony will take place at the foyer of the White
House on December 10 at 5:30pm.
About the Daniel Pearl Foundation
The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in 2002 in memory of journalist
Daniel Pearl to promote the ideals that inspired his life and work. The
world came to know Daniel Pearl as The Wall Street Journal reporter who was
murdered by terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan. Since then, he has been
remembered more for his humanity and love of life than his senseless death.
The Foundation works domestically and internationally to promote
cross-cultural understanding, to counter cultural and religious hatred, to
encourage responsible and creative journalism, and to enrich people's lives
through music. For more information please visit www.danielpearl.org.
Professor and Mrs. Pearl are also editors of I Am Jewish: Personal
Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl (Jewish Lights,
2004), winner of the National Jewish Book Award. This collection of essays
from 147 Jews in 12 countries provides a panoramic view of how contemporary
Jews define themselves. Contributors include Larry King, Kirk Douglas,
Richard Dreyfuss, Mike Wallace, Shimon Peres, Elie Wiesel, Justice Ruth
Bader Ginsberg and many more.
SOURCE The Daniel Pearl Foundation