Professor and Mrs. Judea Pearl Join President and Mrs. Bush in Lighting Pearl Family Menorah at White House Hanukkah Ceremony

Dec 07, 2007, 00:00 ET from The Daniel Pearl Foundation

    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
     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