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 LoweyDems advance bill defying Trump State Department cuts Overnight Defense: Trump says no plans to send 120K troops to counter Iran | Pentagon, coalition general at odds over Iranian threat | Spending bill includes M to study Space Force Defense spending bill would limit Pentagon's ability to shift money after border wall transfers 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.