Washington – This afternoon, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization — applauded the appointment by President Obama of Mr. Jacob (“Jack”) Lew as White House Chief of Staff.Join our WhatsApp group
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Mr. Lew is the first individual affiliated with the Orthodox Jewish community to hold this position of great responsibility. Mr. Lew has been affiliated and active with two OU member congregations over the past decade – Congregation Beth Shalom in Potomac, Maryland and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in Bronx, New York.
OU Managing Director Rabbi Steven Burg and Executive Director for Public Policy Nathan Diament issued the following statement: “We commend President Obama for appointing Mr. Jack Lew as White House Chief of Staff. Our community takes great pride in the appointment of the first member of our community to this position of great responsibility. We wish Mr. Lew a hearty ‘Mazal Tov’ on his historic appointment and best wishes in his new role in serving the president and people of the United States.”
Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Executive Vice President of the American Friends of Lubavitch praised the appointment as well saying “In choosing Jack Lew to be his new White House Chief of Staff, The President will have a great yet humble public servant, who has keen insight into some of the most complex policy issues. In addition, the fact that he is well regarded across the spectrum of the Jewish community is a bonus, even if not his core qualification. On balance, I think this is good for the American Jewish community, which is obviously kvelling at this exciting development.
Rabbi Abba Cohen Agudath Israel of America Vice President for Federal Government Affairs Washington Director and Counsel Comment on the appointment of Jack Lew as chief of Staff:
“The President is to be commended for appointing Jack Lew as his new chief of staff. Jack Lew is a person of great skill and intellect. He is an extraordinarily hard worker with a firm grasp of both policy and politics. He is a true public servant.
To the Jewish community, Jack has always been receptive and helpful. We wish him much success in his new role and look forward to continue working with him on issues facing our community and country.”