Initial Remarks

This post first appeared as “Bernstein’s First Speech as Obama’s Jewish Liaison” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

Jarrod Bernstein made his first public speech as President Obama’s liaison to the Jewish community at the second annual Agudath Israel legislative breakfast in New York on Monday. As might be expected, he did his best to remind the members of the pro-Israel Haredi organization of what the Administration is doing both for Israel and for the Jews at home.

Addressing an audience made up of people not generally known to be Obama fans, Bernstein pointed out that the Obama administration has allocated a record number of Pell grants, which benefit rabbinical and Yeshiva students. He also highlighted the fact that President Obama’s requests to Congress for aid to Israel have been the highest in history ($3 billion this year), and that this funding has been integral to the deployment of the Iron Dome missile defense system, which has been saving Israeli lives. Bernstein also spoke of Obama’s efforts to thwart the Iranian nuclear threat.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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