As a new resident to the Washington area, I was excited to participate in the lighting of the National Menorah on Nov. 27. Hailing from Vermont, I grew up in a small Jewish community and had high expectations for the lighting. I was especially looking forward to hearing a poignant speech from a leading Washington figure, such as John F. Kerry, Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama, and watching a celebrity equal to Kelly Clarkson or Adam Levine perform.

While U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman appeared and Grammy Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari performed, there was a pointed lack of political and celebrity representation at the ceremony — especially compared to the National Christmas Tree Lighting, which is full of pomp and circumstance.

I hope that one day the National Menorah Lighting gets the effort and attention it deserves. 

Jennifer Lapidow, Silver Spring