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Jarrod Neal Bernstein is former Director of Jewish Outreach. Bernstein was appointed Director of Jewish Outreach in October of 2011 and served until January 2013. From April of 2009 to September of 2011 Jarrod served first as the Local Affairs and then as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for United States Department of Homeland Security. At DHS he worked to coordinate the Departments' outreach to Mayors and Governors across the country as well as working to ensure that priorities of state and local governments were reflected in the operations and policies of the Department. During his tenure at DHS Bernstein worked extensively on the response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the earthquake in Haiti, as well as the dissemination of intelligence information to state and local governments during periods of increased threat.
Prior to his service at DHS, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Community Affairs in the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. There he was responsible for community crisis management and outreach around mayoral programs. These outreach efforts involved working with diverse communities across the Five Boroughs of New York City to ensure community engagement in the policy process.
From 2002 to 2007 he was the chief spokesman with the New York City Office of Emergency Management where he managed the citywide public
information efforts around dozens of large scale emergencies. He was
also responsible for writing New York's Emergency Public Information Plan, still in use today.
Bernstein holds a BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.
Jarrod Bernstein's Posts
- September 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM EDT
The President extends his warmest wishes to all those celebrating the Jewish High Holidays.
- August 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM EDT
A statement by the President as read by United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Lou Sussman at a memorial ceremony held for the victims of the terrorist attacks forty years ago at the Munich Olympic Games
- April 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM EDT
On Friday, March 6th, President and Mrs. Obama hosted the annual White House Seder to mark the first night of Passover. There, the President and First Lady heard the story of the Exodus and enjoyed traditional Passover foods with family and friends.
- April 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM EDT
As he prepares for the annual White House Seder, President Obama wishes Chag Sameach to Jews everywhere as they continue their own traditions or start new ones this Passover
- January 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM EDT
President Obama, Ambassador Susan Rice, and Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
- January 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM EDT
President Obama speaks with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, and the President reaffirms his commitment to the goal of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the region.
- January 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM EDT
Signed into law, H.R. 1540, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012" includes provisions related to Iran.
- December 20, 2011 at 11:35 AM EDT
Go behind the scenes as the White House kitchen gets a kosher makeover for the holiday
- December 19, 2011 at 2:27 PM EDT
Ambassador Susan Rice addresses a reception for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and speaks about the United States' partnership with Israel.
- December 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM EDT
President Obama delivers the keynote speech at the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism.