White House to host inaugural Jewish Women’s Forum this week

The half-day summit marking Purim and Women’s History Month will feature briefings from White House officials on antisemitism, gender equity and leadership

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Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff (C), husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, delivers remarks during a roundtable about the rise of antisemitism in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on December 07, 2022 in Washington, DC.

The White House will convene its first-ever Jewish Women’s Forum on Thursday, Jewish Insider has learned. The three-and-a-half-hour event, which is by invitation only, is set for this week to mark Women’s History Month and Purim, according to an invitation viewed by JI. 

The invitation was sent by the White House’s Jewish liaison, Shelley Greenspan, to Jewish female leaders “who are working to improve the lives of people in their communities,” according to the invitation. More than 70 women are expected to attend the meeting, which will highlight topics including antisemitism, leadership and gender equity, the White House confirmed on Tuesday. 

Thursday’s gathering will kick off with a fireside chat with Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and feature briefings from senior White House officials. Among those expected to address the group of 70 women are Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism; Anne Neuberger, deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology; Latifa Lyles, special assistant to the president for gender policy; and Rosie Hidalgo, senior advisor on gender-based violence and special assistant to the president.

Attendees are also invited to join a White House tour prior to the forum. 

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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