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Friday, June 27, 2008

Bronfman, Bernstein head Obama Jewish group

Ben Smith

Some major players in New York's Jewish community, most of whom backed Hillary Clinton, have joined Obama, lending him important voices with a circle he's working hard to court.

An invitation for a gathering of the Obama Jewish Leadership Council of Metro New York on July 1 lists Edgar Bronfman as one of the group's chairs. The Seagram's heir is a major player in American Jewish politics and was the longtime president of the World Jewish Congress. He'd also been a prominent and active Clinton backer.

The group's other chairs are Merryl Tisch, Howard Milstein, and Tom and Andi Bernstein.

The last couple is notable because Tom Bernstein is a Yale friend and prominent supporter of George W. Bush.

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