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WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama praised American Jews for standing up for
the rights of others, even as they themselves have faced significant obstacles,
at a reception honoring Jewish American Heritage Month on
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“Jewish Americans have always stood up for freedom and democracy
around the world, and that includes our unshakable support and commitment to the
security of the State of Israel,” he said. “The Jewish people have always
Obama made a brief appearance at the event for Jewish
leaders and luminaries, including Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie
Wiesel, two of the three Jewish US Supreme court justices and several Jewish
members of the House and Senate.
The event, which grew to 300 people this
year according to the White House, was a much more modest undertaking than the
first Jewish American Heritage Month reception held last year, which included
former pitching ace Sandy Koufax and author Judy Blume.
This year the
guests were serenaded by the Yeshiva University a capella group “The
Maccabeats,” whose video went viral on YouTube over Hanukah, and treated to an
exhibit of Jewish memorabilia from the Library of Congress.