Biden to tap Chanan Weissman as liaison to the American Jewish community
US President Joe Biden points a finger as he delivers remarks on the administration's continued drawdown efforts in Afghanistan in a speech from the East Room at the White House in Washington US, July 8, 2021.
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Weissman, 37, is currently serving in the National Security Council as Director for Technology and Democracy.
WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden decided to tap Chanan Weissman to serve as liaison to the American Jewish community, the White House announced on Thursday.
Weissman previously held that position during the Obama administration. His official first day will be on August 16, the White House said in a statement.
Weissman, 37, is currently serving in the National Security Council as director for technology and democracy.
After the 2016 elections, he returned to the State Department, where he worked as Section Lead for Internet Freedom and Business and Human Rights, and as the State Department’s representative to the Open Government Partnership.
Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, was the founding director of the Institute for Jewish Studies.
Following Biden’s announcement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the Senate to confirm the nomination of Rashad Hussain as ambassador at large for international religious freedom, and Lipstadt as special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism.
“We’re eager for Rashad and Deborah to be confirmed and to get to work because this is a critical moment,” said Blinken.