The bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations relaunched on July 13 with Reps. Wesley Hunt (R-Texas), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Nikema Williams (D-Ga.) as co-chairs.
As with all similar caucuses, in each new Congress, there is a need to launch it formally every two years. This particular group has its origins as part of the American Jewish Committee’s 2019 Global Forum.
“AJC’s mission is to enhance the well-being of Jewish people and defend democratic values, and promoting pluralism is core to that mission,” stated Ted Deutch, the group’s CEO. “The black and Jewish communities have long shared a common cause fighting discrimination and hate. At a time of rising antisemitism and racism, we applaud this bipartisan effort to bring our communities together.”
Hunt, who is black, stated that he is honored to serve as co-chair.
“There should be zero tolerance for racism and antisemitism in our country, which our caucus will vehemently fight against,” he stated. “I look forward to celebrating our rich cultures and bringing awareness to Congress and our districts about the issues impacting black and Jewish Americans.”