Susan Rice Briefs Jewish Leaders on Mideast

U.N. Ambassador Talks Israel and Regional Issues

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By JTA

Published May 16, 2013.
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Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice discussed the Middle East peace process and other regional issues with Jewish community leaders.

The hour-long meeting May 13 organized by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs also included representatives of The Jewish Federations of North America, UJA-Federation of New York, and the JCRC of New York.

JCPA President/CEO Rabbi Steve Gutow presented Rice with a gift of a mezuzah in recognition of her support of Israel and advocacy of U.S. values and interests at the United Nations.

Gutow called the meeting “productive and warm.”

“Be it in increasing pressure on Iran to end its nuclear arms ambitions, preventing efforts to isolate Israel diplomatically, or addressing the crisis in Sudan, Amb. Rice has been an important ally,” said Gutow. “We are heartened by her support and leadership on these and other priorities for the U.S., Israel, and the Jewish community.

Other participants in the meeting include: Martin Raffel, senior vice president, Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Susan Penn, co-chair of the Israel, World Jewry and International Human Rights Task Force, Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Edith Everett, lay leader, Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Rabbi Michael Miller, executive vice president & CEO, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York; Alan S. Jaffe, president, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York; Dede Feinberg, executive committee chair, Jewish Federations of North America; David Feinman, senior legislative associate, Jewish Federations of North America; Dr. John Ruskay, executive vice president, UJA-Federation of New York; and Alisa Doctoroff, board chair, UJA-Federation of New York.


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