1. Specifically it states that the lamp was presented for distinguished service to Canada and the Jewish community by the Public Service Division of the United Jewish Appeal of Ottawa.
2. The lamp is sitting in a velvet hollow in an olive wood box. A paper scroll in the box states that the olive wood comes from trees surround Jerusalem, and an inscribed copper plate on the inside of the box is made from copper from the ancient mines of King Solomon in the Negev desert, and that the glass ring holding the scroll was made in Hebron, one of the world's oldest cities (the glass ring is missing).
The scroll also says that the lamp is made of burnt clay and was unearthed in the Holy Land. It dates from the Roman Byzantine period.