US trade association ISRI helped create a unique monument; a menorah made of recycled aluminium to celebrate the Hanukkah, constructed at the Ellipse just south of the White House.
During preparations for the 42nd year of the lighting ceremony, organisers discovered that the existing structure was worn. Rabbi Levi Shemtov contacted ISRI president Robin Wiener, explaining he wanted to highlight the importance of recycling during the important Jewish holiday.
‘I’d never met him before, but he reached out because he knew of ISRI,’ Wiener recalls. ‘He was looking to see if we were interested in helping create a new menorah made out of recycled aluminium.’
ISRI’s executive committee agreed it would be a good opportunity to further raise awareness about recycling. Wiener reports association members were eager to support the project by providing US$ 55 000 (EUR 49 000) worth of financial backing. Donations were offered by many parties, including; Alter Trading Corp, Becker Iron & Metal, BENLEE, Integrity Metals, Kripke Enterprises, and Shapiro Metals.
ISRI Secretary/Treasurer Andy Golding of Kripke Enterprises says he was honoured to be part of this ceremony. ‘When the White House serves as a backdrop to anything it’s a pretty big deal,’ he comments. ‘It was extremely special for me and the other ISRI members who contributed. The project was a win for everyone involved, including the environment.’
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