Bill Clinton’s recent appearance at an American Jewish World Service gala fundraiser clocked in as the second Jewish-related event the former president has attended in a month.
Before the June 13 event, where he accepted an award for his global humanitarian efforts, Clinton headlined a May fundraising dinner for American Friends of the Hebrew University. One Washington insider says this is just more evidence of what he calls “an open secret” in the nation’s capital: that Clinton, a much loved figure in Jewish circles, participates in a disproportionately large number of Jewish events. But Hank Sheinkopf, a New York political consultant who worked on Clinton’s successful 1996 re-election campaign, said it may have something to do with Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid for the presidency. “Let’s put it this way,” he said, “having one Clinton speak before your group can help the other Clinton, and remind people how good those years were.”