Jewish American leaders from across the country met with senior Administration officials at the White House yesterday ahead of the annual White House Hanukkah reception to learn more about the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to combatting antisemitism and hate-fueled violence. Participants included the professional leaders of American Jewish organizations, clergy representing diverse religious denominations, and community leaders. Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff thanked leaders for their tireless advocacy for the Jewish community, highlighted the actions the Biden-Harris Administration has taken to counter antisemitism, and conveyed the President’s commitment to fighting all forms of hate.
White House Homeland Security Advisor Dr. Liz Sherwood-Randall briefed the group on the President’s enduring commitment to countering the increase in antisemitic threats and hate-fueled violence and outlined specific actions the Administration is taking to provide support to communities that feel threatened and strengthen their security. Dr. Sherwood-Randall emphasized the Administration’s focus on ensuring that incidents of violence are quickly identified, condemned, and, as appropriate, investigated by law enforcement. She also highlighted the President’s commitment to doing everything possible to ensure the safety of religious communities, houses of worship, schools, and other impacted individuals and groups across the nation.
In addition, White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk provided information about the Administration’s longstanding support for Israel’s security, the actions taken since the horrific terrorist assault on October 7th, and ongoing efforts to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas terrorists. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt also met with the group to discuss the work the United States is doing to combat antisemitism around the world.