Shelly Greenspan- the new White House liaison to the Jewish community- who has replaced Chanan Weissman gave her first comments to the media on Sunday, after assuming her new role recently.
Speaking about her priorities in the newly instated position and the challenges she’s faced, Greenspan said, “It’s rare to find a position that sits squarely at the center of the Venn diagram of who you are. I am Jewish. I am an American. I am a public servant.”
Claiming that strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship is her priority, the Miami Beach, Florida- native said, “Last month, President Biden arrived in Israel for the tenth visit of his career. Addressing Israel’s president and prime minister, he declared, ‘You need not be a Jew to be a Zionist.’ Truer words have rarely been spoken.”
“President Biden has a lifelong connection to [Israel], and his charge to all of us is to make sure we’re doing all we can to strengthen Israel’s security, prosperity and integration into the larger region. That continues to be a priority for this administration, and I am committed to advancing this priority in my new role,” she said.
Going further, Greenspan also said she will concentrate on rooting out Jew-hatred. “The president and Vice President [Kamala Harris] know in their neshama, in their souls, that attacks against the Jewish community are a strike against the soul of our nation and the values we stand for. No matter its source or stated rationale, as the president has said, we must and we will condemn this prejudice at every turn, alongside other forms of hate,” said Greenspan.
“I grew up in South Florida. I went to an Orthodox day school, a Conservative summer camp and a Reform synagogue. I consider myself a Jewish mutt. I love and embrace the diversity and passion of this community,” she said.