(April 7, 2006)
President George W. Bush named Jay Zeidman, 22, to the position of White House liaison to the Jewish Community in April 2006. Zeidman, who replaces Jeffrey Berkowitz, is the fifth liaison to the Jewish community since Bush entered office in 2001. He has the task of explaining and promoting the Bush administration’s policies to the Jewish community and helping the community to communicate its views to the White House.
Zeidman joined the White House staff after graduated from Texas Christian University near Dallas in 2005. He majored in economics and was the TCU student body president. Although Zeidman is younger than most other White House staffers, his superiors have placed confidence in him to complete the task of informing the Jewish community of changes in policy. Former community liaison Noam Neusner said of Zeidman, “Jay is rightfully judged on his skill and not on his age. This White House values people who show a capacity for organization, judgment, skill — and he’s got all those things.”
Zeidman’s father, Fred Zeidman, has been active in Republican politics for many years and is chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. The elder Zeidman is also a fund-raiser for Bush in the Jewish community.
Source: JTA; Photo courtesy of the White House