Jack Lew to address New York Jewish group

White House chief-of-staff Jack Lew, an Orthodox Jew who's the highest-profile Jew in the Obama administration, is set to address the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York today, sources confirmed to POLITICO.

The meetings, which will include a range of Jewish leaders from across the religious spectrum, has been in the planning stages for awhile, but happens to fall on the second day of Mitt Romney's trip to Israel, one source said.

An administration official confirmed the trip to the JCRC, a group whose board Lew sat on in the early 2000s.

Still, it gives the White House some degree of counter-programming, albeit with a closed-door meeting, as Romney is in Israel, where he has made a high profile visit with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


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