SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) -- Chanukah was celebrated at the New South Wales Parliament House for the first time since the house was established in 1856.

Attendees at Tuesday's historic event in Sydney -- initiated and hosted by the New South Wales Chabad under the auspices of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies -- included Premier Nathan Rees, opposition leader Barry O’Farrell and more than 70 lawmakers, a dozen ministers and shadow ministers, and over 100 Jewish community leaders and rabbis.

Chabad's spiritual leader, Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, presented a silver menorah with the inscription acknowledging “the friendship bestowed by our elected representatives to all faiths, including the Jewish people.”