Photo Credit: courtesy, Western Wall Heritage Foundation
Arizona Governor Doug Doucey with Western Wall and Holy Sites Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz

Arizona Governor Doug Doucey visited the Western Wall on Tuesday, December 24 just a few short hours before the start of Christmas Eve, one of the holiest times on the Christian calendar.

The governor was greeted at the site by Western Wall and Holy Sites Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz.


Governor Doucey said he had decided to come with his family for their holiday vacation to the holy city of Jerusalem. He added that he feels “very connected to Judaism and to Jews” and noted that he even gave his three sons Biblical names.

The Governor was very moved by their visit. His sons signed the Western Wall guest book with prayers for health and happiness for their families.

Rabbi Rabinowitz told the Governor, “Even a small amount of light dispels deep darkness,” and added that the story of Chanukah is proof of the light that has spread around the world.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.