By COLlive reporter
Vice President Mike Pence held a roundtable meeting with dozens of rabbis and Jewish community leaders in Miami Beach, Florida, on Thursday.
The event was meant to take place at the Lubavitch Educational Center of Miami, but due to security considerations, the event was moved to Intercontinental Doral Grand Doral Ballroom.
The gathering was coordinated by ‘Jewish Voices for Trump’ and Rabbi Yehuda Kaploun, a community leader and President of RussKap Holdings.
Pence, who will be joined by President Donald Trump for a re-election campaign stop in Florida, reported on the First Family’s well-being following their infection by Covid-19.
He said the president was deeply moved by the national outpouring of support during his quick recovery and thanked the rabbis present for their prayers.
Pence was flanked by Kaploun, Rabbi Benji Korf, Executive Director of the Lubavitch Educational Center in Miami, Golden Beach Shliach Rabbi Chay Amar, and Boynton Beach Shliach Rabbi Sholom Ciment.
In his remarks, which were aired live by Fox News, Pence called Trump “a true champion of the Jewish people” for his steadfast support of Israel and fighting anti-Semitism.
Pence said Trump has taken “strong action” to combat anti-Semitism. “This president has consistently condemned the rhetoric and actions of extremists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis,” he said.
He cited the president signing the anti-Semitism bill, the Holocaust education act and restitution funds for Holocaust survivors.
The Vice President also remarked that he is familiar with the work of Chabad, and appreciates their dedication. Pence’s team relayed warm regards to the attendees from Chabad in Washington DC’s Rabbi Levi Shemtov, who was unable to travel.
Chabad Shluchim present gave the Vice President a blessing, and thanked him for his fight for freedom of religion, his fight against anti-Semitism, and his great efforts on behalf of faith education in this country.
Rabbi Benji Korf praised Pence for his honorable conduct, saying that he has always admired him and the fact that he upholds religion.
Rabbi Amar, who blessed the Vice President with the Priestly blessing of “Yevarechecha,” quoted the Rebbe in Parshas Bereishis, that this world is not a jungle but a garden – we need to plow and sow and cut out thorns in order to get the best fruit, and blessed the President and Vice President to bring the world to the “ultimate state of peace.”