President Reuven Rivlin left Israel shortly after midnight on Tuesday en route to the United States for talks with President Barack Obama in Washington.
Aside from discussions expected to cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the security threats ISIS poses to the Middle East and the world at large, Rivlin will also participate in a Hanukka candle lighting ceremony at the White House.
It will be the first time in his life Rivlin will spend Hanukkah beyond the environs of Jerusalem, or outside Israel and away from his family.
While in Washington, Rivlin will also go to Capitol Hill to meet with the majority and minority leaders of Congress.
He will also speak at the Brookings Institution, one of the most veteran of American think tanks.