UPDATE: The lasting impact of a “kiddush Hashem” (sanctifying God’s name) is on display at The White House. The person at the President’s reception are all most excited to see is Sandy Koufax, who didn’t pitch in the World Series game that fell on Yom Kippur.
UPDATE: On display from the library of Congress: Harry Truman’s 1948 statement of recognition of Israel, Irving Berlin’s handwritten edition of “God Bless America” and baseball cards of Jewish major leaguers – Moe Berg and Sandy Koufax.
UPDATE: The food, of course, is kosher. Just arrived: Senators Al Franken and Frank Lautenberg; Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer; OMB Director Peter Orzsag.
Also spotted: Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren; Creator of Jewish American Heritage Month – Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz; Reps. Shelly Berkley and Steve Rothman.
UPDATE: Those invited to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month are entering the White House. Spotted so far:
Journos – Tom Friedman and David Brooks of the NYTimes, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, ABC Diane Sawyer.
Also – Alan Solow of the Presidents Conference and David Saperstein of the RAC.
From the White House – Dennis Ross, Dan Shapiro, Mike Strautmanis, Valerie Jarrett.
More to come.
Reports are starting to leak out about who from the American Jewish community has been invited to the first-ever White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.
We are honored to report that Miriam Shapiro, the youth president of the OU’s NCSY and IPA director Nathan Diament will be in attendance.
Watch this space for further updates and Jewish celeb spottings.