President Reagan today named Dr. Marshall Breger, a law professor who has been a Visiting Fellow in legal policy at the Heritage Foundation, as his special assistant for liaison with the Jewish community. He succeeds Michael Gale, who held the post since June, 1982, and who today became a special assistant to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The 38-year-old Breger was at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, on leave from the New York School of Law where he was an associate professor. He had previously been an associate professor of law at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and the University of Texas Law School.
He received Bachelor, Masters and Law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and also a degree from Oxford University. He and his wife Jennifer, live in Washington. Breger, who describes himself as an observant Jew, is a member of Kesher Israel Congregation, an Orthodox synagogue in Georgetown.
Gale, a lawyer, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that he had asked the Administration for a position in Congressional liaison work and in a field in which he has not worked previously. He had come to the White House after being in Congressional liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. In his new post at HUD, Gale will be working in the fields of fair housing and proposed enterprise zones.
Breger, who was already meeting with Jewish delegates in his new office at the old Executive Building next to the White House, is in the Office of Public Liaison. He will also be a liaison to the academic community. He is Reagan’s third liaison to the Jewish community. The first was Jacob Stein, a former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
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