White House Hanukkah parties happening Thursday after delay for Bush funeral

The White House will host two Hanukkah parties Thursday after they were delayed to honor the late President George H.W. Bush. 

The parties, which will fall on the fifth night of the Festival of Lights, come a year after the Trump White House’s first Hanukkah party was marred by controversy after the White House did not invite Jewish members of Congress who were critical of the president. 

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“It’s deeply unfortunate that the White House Hanukkah Party — a bipartisan event bringing together Jewish and non-Jewish leaders alike to celebrate the Festival of Lights since 2001 — has turned into a partisan affair under this administration,” Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyOval Office clash ups chances of shutdown Overnight Defense: Trump, Dem leaders fight before cameras over border wall | GOP skeptical of having military build wall | US spars with Russia, Venezuela over bomber deployment Trump, Democrats battle over wall in Oval Office spat MORE (D-N.Y.) said at the time.

All Jewish members of the House or Senate were invited to this year’s festivities, a White House spokesperson told Haaretz.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for the finalized guest list.

The White House Hanukkah party was first held in 2001 under former President George W. Bush and was continued under former President Obama.