Aaron Keyak appointed deputy envoy for anti-Semitism – the forward
Aaron Keyak, who served as director of Jewish outreach during President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, has been appointed deputy state department envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism.
The appointment comes amid a political struggle to choose the Biden administration for the world’s leading role in anti-Semitism. Deborah E. Lipstadt, the famous Holocaust historian, was appointed envoy for anti-Semitism in July, but Republicans have delayed her confirmation following critical tweets she wrote about Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, a member of the foreign relations committee. A number of Jewish groups called the Senate to speed up Lipstadt’s confirmation.
The deputy role does not require confirmation from the Senate, so Keyak, 36, will serve as the acting envoy for anti-Semitism until Lipstadt is confirmed or dismissed.
Keyak, who worked on the Biden-Harris transition team after the 2020 election, has been dubbed the orthodox political prodigy by the Jewish Telegraph Agency. He co-founded Bluelight Strategies, a Washington-based consulting and public relations firm, with longtime Democratic strategist Steve Rabinowitz in 2014 after a brief stint as interim executive director of the Jewish Democratic National Council.
In 2012 he spearhead “The Hub,” a Jewish outreach team that supported the re-election of former President Barack Obama. Keyak previously served as Director of Communications in the offices of Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York and former Representative Steve Rothman of New Jersey.
William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, described Keyak as a person with “superior ethics and values, who lives Jewish every day of his life and works to make the world a better place.” Daroff, who has had a close relationship with Keyak for more than two decades, said he was a “great fit” for the job.