Biden officials meet with Jewish leaders at White House to discuss rise in antisemitism

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WASHINGTON — Biden administration officials met Monday with top Jewish leaders at the White House to discuss the rise in antisemitism, a meeting participant said.

Amy Spitalnick, the CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, confirmed that she joined a meeting that included the White House coordinator for the Middle East, Brett McGurk, Homeland Security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall and Deborah Lipstadt, the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism.

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff also spoke at the meeting, Spitalnick said.

“The administration has been incredibly responsive and engaged,” Spitalnick said in a statement. “At a time of increasingly normalized antisemitism and hate — that threatens our communities and our democracy — it matters that we have a President and an administration who understand the urgency of this threat and are advancing a historic strategy to address it.”