Orthodox Union Wishes “Mazel Tov” To New White House Chief Of Staff Jack Lew


obama-jacob-lewThis afternoon, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America applauded the appointment by President Obama of Mr. Jacob (“Jack”) Lew as White House Chief of Staff.

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.”

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. How does a frum Jew reconcile with the social positions held by liberal democrats without selling out or being a hypocrite?

  2. #3, from what I have read Lew’s main interest is fiscal matters and his liberalism mainly pertains to programs like Social Security whereas on other issues he calls for compromise wuith t he Republicans.#4, Imanuel may be a member of an Orthodox shul but that does not necessarily make him personally observant.

  3. In Midevil times the top people in the Kings court were Jews. And look what happened. How Apropo to this Weeks Parsha ” V”lo Yudaa es Yoseph.”

  4. Commenter No. 4:
    Rahm Emanuel (who claims to be Orthodox) is not a Shomer Shabbos. However, Jacob Lew is a Shomer Shabbos Jew.

    Perhaps Mr. Lew can convince the president to pardon Jonathan Pollard and Sholom Rubashkin?