Earlier this week I had the privilege to sit down with Congressman Jake Auchincloss for a wide-ranging and thought-provoking conversation.
We talked about Build Back Better, human services and infrastructure; rising antisemitism and the security needs of our institutions; the U.S. role in building on the success of the Abraham Accords, his efforts to strengthen economic and research partnerships between Israel and the United States, and also to support efforts that advance a two-state resolution for Israel and the Palestinians.
We thanked Congressman Auchincloss for his recent votes supporting funding for the Iron Dome and for the Infrastructure Bill, and for showing up in Brighton this summer when Rabbi Noginski was stabbed just blocks from his district.
We talked about mental health and about the work of our human service agencies during these demanding times. And we expressed our support for his leadership in welcoming refugees and asylum seekers to our shores.
That’s just a bit of what was covered. You can read more about our conversation, and in particular the Congressman’s concerns about rising antisemitism as well as his thoughts about his support for the US-Israel relationship, in this extensive Jewish Insider piece. Our full conversation is available for viewing here.
I’m always grateful for these opportunities to hear from our elected leaders about how they are thinking about issues of concern to the organized Jewish community, and to share with them our priorities. Thank you again Congressman Auchincloss for your time and your friendship.
p.s. One of the topics we covered was U.S. credibility and leadership on the world stage. I referenced my own past writing on this topic. If you are interested, you can read my 2017 column about the need for bipartisanship in foreign policy here.