Queens congresswoman holds roundtable with White House Jewish liaison, local Jewish leaders

Congresswoman Grace Meng and White House liaison Shelley Greenspan during a roundtable discussion with local rabbis and Jewish community leaders at Queens College. (Photo courtesy of Grace Meng’s office)

Congresswoman Grace Meng hosted the White House’s new liaison to the American Jewish community, Shelley Greenspan, for a tour of her congressional district Wednesday, Oct. 19. This tour comes after Greenspan was appointed to the position by President Joe Biden last July.

“I want to thank Shelley Greenspan for spending the afternoon in Queens, meeting with local Jewish leaders and engaging in a meaningful and productive discussion with them,” Meng said. “I was honored to have the opportunity to organize this visit so that the President’s White House Jewish liaison could see firsthand the wonderful and vibrant Jewish community that I am proud to represent in Congress. From fighting and advocating for the Jewish community to combating the rise in antisemitism, I look forward to continuing to work with Shelley on addressing crucial issues of mutual concern. I hope she comes back soon.”

The visit began with a roundtable discussion with Jewish women in Kew Gardens Hills. They then held another roundtable with local rabbis and Jewish community leaders at Queens College. During the second roundtable, students from the university discussed how antisemitism has impacted them.

(From l. to r.) Congresswoman Grace Meng, Shelley Greenspan and Chief Executive Officer of Chazaq Yaniv Meirov (Photo courtesy of Grace Meng’s office)

Following the roundtables, Meng and Greenspan stopped by several Jewish organizations in Kew Gardens Hills. Some of their stops included Chazaq, which provides a wide range of social services to Jewish community residents and the Kew Gardens food pantry Tomchei Shabbos. They also toured Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills.

(From l. to r.) Congresswoman Meng, President of Tomchei Shabbos of Queens Shimi Pelman, Shelley Greenspan, Chief Executive Officer of Met Council David Greenfield and Founders and Proprietor of Tomchei Shabbos of Queens Aaron and Isaac Katz (Photo courtesy of Grace Meng’s office)

“I want to thank Congresswoman Meng for welcoming me to Queens, which is a major beating heart of Jewish life in our nation,” Greenspan said. “It was invaluable for me on this visit to learn from such remarkable civil society leaders and students. The Biden Administration looks forward to building on these partnerships as we work with Congresswoman Meng and this community to fight antisemitism and other important issues.”