Breakfast brings Jews, Blacks in Congress together

By | March 17, 2014

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, of Fort Lauderdale, recently welcomed about 30 other Congressional Democrats, including Ted Deutch of Boca Raton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston and Frederica Wilson of Miami, to a breakfast for Black and Jewish members of Congress.

The breakfast is “a healthy thing,” Hastings said in a phone interview from his office. “The history of the Black and Jewish committee is a solid one. It causes us to stick together as we move into legislative matters,” including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Iran.

The Wednesday breakfast was one of nine that he has hosted over the last 15 years with Nita Lowey, of New York, or Henry Waxman, of California, Hastings said. Waxman was the co-host of the breakfast on March 12.

In opening remarks, Hastings said the Black and Jewish American communities have been “brought together by common histories of prejudice and discrimination — both working to eliminate hatred and bigotry from our country and our world in search of a brighter future.” (Jewish Journal)

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