Ramadan bash includes Israeli envoy, Jewish leaders


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s U.S. ambassador and leaders of the Orthodox and Reform movements joined a White House celebration of Ramadan.

Ambassador Michael Oren, Orthodox Union director of public affairs Nathan Diament, and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism director Rabbi David Saperstein were on the guest list for Tuesday night’s dinner.

They joined members of the Cabinet, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate — including the two Muslim members of Congress, Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Cardon (D-Ind.) — and ambassadors from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and other Arab and Muslim countries.

Obama said the dinner celebrated not only the month of Ramadan, but also "how much Muslims have enriched America and its culture — in ways both large and small."

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