Obama renominates Bush appointee, Jewish educator, to broadcasting board


WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama nominated for a second term a Florida Jewish educator President George W. Bush named to the board of directors for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Obama on Thursday nominated Elizabeth Sembler, the director Congregational Engagement for Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg, Fla., to a second six-year term.

Sembler is currently the vice chairwoman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a congressionally mandated private nonprofit that oversees how government funds are spent among public broadcasters, including PBS and NPR.

Bush nominated Sembler, a daughter-in-law of Mel Sembler, a major GOP donor, in 2008.

She from 2001-2010 the director of Jewish studies at the Pinellas County Jewish Day School and has been active in public television in Florida.

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