OU Applauds White House Release of National Strategy To Counter Antisemitism; “an Unprecedented, Whole of Government Effort”

By BJLife Newsroom
Posted on 05/25/23

New York, NY - May 25, 2023 - Today, the OU applauded the release by The White House of its “National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism.”  

In December 2022, acknowledging a disturbing and consistent surge in antisemitism in the United States, President Biden directed senior White House staff to develop this strategy.  The effort was co-chaired by Domestic Policy Director Susan Rice and Homeland Security Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, with Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff also playing a significant leading role. 
Orthodox Union leaders provided significant input to the task force as it developed the National Strategy. Nathan Diament, Orthodox Union Executive Director for Public Policy, participated in several meetings and submitted written memoranda and many other conversations.
After an initial review of the National Strategy document released today by The White House, Orthodox Union leaders issued the following statements:
Mitchel Aeder, President of the Orthodox Union, stated:
“The promise of America is for people of all faiths to live safely and securely as full citizens of this nation.  The scourge of antisemitism is anathema to this basic American value. We thank President Biden for undertaking this effort and pray that the National Strategy will help curtail further manifestations of antisemitism.”
Rabbi Moshe Hauer, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union, stated:
“We applaud President Biden for initiating this critical effort to combat antisemitism and support the right of American Jews to practice our faith free from fear. From the President’s repeated clear denunciations of antisemitism to his appointment of Amb. Deborah Lipstadt at the State Department to this National Strategy, which presents an unprecedented whole of government effort and which goes beyond the symbolic to concrete action, President Biden has been strong in his support of the Jewish community.” 

Nathan Diament, Executive Director for Public Policy, stated:
We are very grateful to President Biden for initiating this important effort and for the dedication and seriousness that Second Gentleman Emhoff, Amb. Rice, Dr. Sherwood-Randal, and Administration staffers across the Executive Branch brought to bear. The resulting “whole of government” approach is, unfortunately, what we need right now, given the reality of rising antisemitism in the United States. We look forward to reviewing the plan even more closely in the coming days and working with the Administration to aggressively implement its action items.  

Today, we note and commend the National Strategy for the following:

The Orthodox Union also commends the President and the leaders of this effort at The White House for their commitment to rapidly implement this National Strategy by setting concrete deadlines for its proposed actions and tasking an Interagency Group to pursue implementation.
We look forward to continuing to review the National Strategy and to working with President Biden and his team to serve our community and the nation at large as we strive to stamp out antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.