Obama names new chief of staff with strong ties to Jewish community 

Haaretz excerpt

Position to be filled by Denis McDonough,
a security official with a record of strong defense
 for U.S. administrations Mideast policies.

McDonough takes over from Jacob Lew, 
an Orthodox Jew who in his various capacities 
has been the senior staff member taking calls from 
Jewish community leaders. 
Obama has nominated Lew to become treasury secretary.

Also announced Friday was the departure of Jarrod Bernstein,
the White House's liaison to the Jewish community for the last two years. 
In an email, Bernstein, who formerly ran specialty outreach for New York Mayor 
Michael Bloomberg, said he was returning to that city.

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