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Obama Gives Netanyahu 'Framed Wooden Artifact'

2:11 PM, Mar 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama's gifts for his Israeli hosts, via the pool report:

The Exchange of Gifts

The following details on the exchange of gifts between POTUS and PM Netanyahu was provided by the WH:

President Obama presented His Excellency Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with a framed wooden artifact from the George Washington Room in the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI.  The synagogue is one of the oldest Jewish houses of worship in the United States that still stands, and its congregation dates back to the 1650s.
 
President George Washington visited the synagogue in August of 1790, and in response to a letter from the congregation’s warden, wrote the famous “Letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport.” 
 
The presentation of this special artifact includes a plaque with a passage from the letter, which reads “…every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.”
 
Family Gifts
• Mrs. Sara Netanyahu received a set of original stationery by New York designer Christen Maxwell. Mrs. Netanyahu also received a sterling silver orchid brooch that was handcrafted by Hawaii artist Wayne Keeth.
• Prime Minister Netanyahu’s daughter received a pair of custom candlesticks crafted by Maryland artist Zachary Oxman.
• Both of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s sons received a custom bronze Kiddush goblet crafted by Maryland artist Zachary Oxman.

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