JCRC Free Program on May 22: “Insights from Washington Insiders: Reflections and Perspectives from Former White House Jewish Liaisons”

Members of the South Palm Beach County Jewish community are invited to a free, informative program featuring two former White House Jewish Liaisons. Noam Neusner, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Speechwriting during the George W. Bush Administration; and Matt Nosanchuk, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama Administration, will speak on May 22, 2017 at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., and the program will start at 7:30 p.m.

The White House staff position of liaison to the American Jewish community (a/k/a White House Jewish Liaison) is charged with serving as a presidential administration's voice to the community and gathering the community's consensus view on issues affecting it, for the benefit of White House policymakers. Currently open, it dates back at least as far as the Carter Administration, and its formal title varies by rank of the person holding the position.

Presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, the evening’s presentations and question/answer session will be moderated by Matthew C. Levin, President & CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Rabbi David Steinhardt, Senior Rabbi at B’nai Torah, and Matthew Kutcher, JCRC Chair, will open the program.

“We are pleased to host what promises to be a most informative and enlightening program with Mr. Nosanchuk and Mr. Neusner,” said Rabbi David Englander of B’nai Torah Congregation, who will provide closing remarks. “In addition to the behind-the-scenes stories they both may tell, their joint appearance is proof positive that representatives of different sides of the political aisle can, and sometimes do, speak to diverse audiences and also to each other. The American Jewish community has always been active in the arena of public affairs. The leadership and voice of the JCRC and programs such as this one remind us that all who are willing to engage in civil debate and discourse are welcome partners in the ongoing dialogue that is necessary for our robust democracy to function and thrive.”

“We are delighted to bring to our community this unique opportunity to hear from two of the highest ranking White House insiders of the last decades,” said Levin. “From sustaining the vital services of our own agencies to the security of the State of Israel, the Jewish relationship with the White House remains critical. We look forward to hearing our speakers’ experiences from their service as the eyes and ears of the American Jewish community in Washington, and to their finely honed perceptions of what might transpire amid the Jewish/DC relationship in the future.”

B’nai Torah Congregation is located at 6261 SW 18th St, Boca Raton. While admission is free of charge, online pre-registration is required, at jewishboca.org/insights. Guests are also required to bring a valid driver’s license or government ID. For more information, please contact 561.852.6002.

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the public policy, community relations and advocacy arm of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. The JCRC helps to unite, support and direct the organized Jewish community in the greater Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach areas. Rooted in Jewish values and informed by Jewish history, the JCRC also reflects the ideals of American democracy.

Noam Neusner

Currently a principal of the DC- and Atlanta-based strategic communications firm 30 Point Strategies, Noam Neusner draws on more than two decades of communications experience gained from working in the private sector, U.S. government, and as a journalist. This knowledge, combined with strong writing skills, allows him to help clients develop messages that shape opinion, inform the public, and achieve their goals.

Noam has extensive experience in speechwriting and preparation, media preparation and training, and strategic communications planning.

He served as President George W. Bush's principal economic and domestic policy speechwriter for nearly two years. He managed all communications and media relations for the Office of Management and Budget and twice oversaw the editing and production of the federal budget.

He worked for nearly a dozen years as an award-winning financial journalist at U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg News and the Tampa Tribune. Noam has co-authored or edited four books. In 2007, he was the visiting Walter E. Hussman Sr. Scholar in business journalism at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Writing Seminars from The Johns Hopkins University.

Matt Nosanchuk

Matt Nosanchuk is a former senior administration appointee with experience working in three executive branch agencies (the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and State), the White House, and in the House and Senate on a range of domestic and foreign issues arising at the intersection of policy, law, advocacy, legislation, strategic communications, and outreach and engagement.

His specialties include constitutional law, intellectual property, immigration, civil justice issues, judicial nominations, Justice Department policy, homeland security, government affairs, election law, and ethics.

Matt was an Associate Director of Public Engagement who served as the liaison to the American Jewish community and on international issues. Joining the White House in 2013, he has served both in the Office of Public Engagement and as Director for Outreach on the National Security Council Staff. Matt joined the Obama Administration in 2009 as Senior Counselor to Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez in the Civil Rights Division.

He was the Division’s point person on LGBT issues, including the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act and the implementation of the new hate crimes law, and oversaw the establishment of the Division’s Policy and Strategy Section.

In 2012, he became the Associate General Counsel for Legal Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, leading a division of the Office of General Counsel. Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with Honors and a law degree from Stanford University, was a Truman Scholar and studied in Israel. He has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including in the Clinton Justice Department’s Office of Policy Development, on the House Judiciary Committee Minority Staff, and as Counsel for Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. In 2013, Matt received the American Bar Association’s inaugural Stonewall Award in recognition for his professional contributions to advancing LGBT civil rights and the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his work on the Defense of Marriage Act litigation.