President Biden on Thursday informed Jewish leaders that he frolicked on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh after the October 2018 mass homicide of 11 individuals there — however the synagogue informed The Put up he by no means visited.
“I keep in mind spending time on the, you recognize, going to the, you recognize, the Tree of Life synagogue, talking with them,” Biden stated in a 16-minute digital deal with forward of the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Barb Feige, govt director of the Tree of Life, stated that Biden didn’t go to the synagogue within the practically three years because the anti-Semitic assault.
In a telephone interview, Feige, govt director since July 2019, stated firmly that “no” Biden didn’t go to, even earlier than taking workplace when he had a decrease public profile as a former vp and then-Democratic presidential candidate.
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Then-President Donald Trump visited the Tree of Life three days after the worst anti-Jewish hate crime in US historical past. Trump was joined by outstanding Jewish members of his administration, together with his daughter Ivanka Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Biden final 12 months issued an announcement on the second anniversary of the assault, saying, “When anti-Semitism is allowed to fester, it shreds the material of our communities and erodes our soul.”
In his Thursday remarks to Jewish leaders, Biden additionally praised Pope Francis and shared private anecdotes about his personal hyperlinks to Judaism and Israel.
“I occur to be a training Catholic and one of many issues I like about my pope at present is that he’s all about renewal and forgiveness… and I hope I’m going to get to see him within the not too distant future,” Biden stated.
The president went on to replicate on his daughter Ashley Biden marrying a Jewish surgeon, Howard Krein, in 2012 and to recount his conversations with the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir.
“My daughter married a Jewish younger man. And, you recognize, it’s the dream of each Catholic father that she married a Jewish physician,” Biden joked.
“We had a chuppah on the altar… Now a few of you aren’t gonna like this, nevertheless it was co-officiated by a Catholic priest in addition to a Jewish rabbi.”
Biden stated that his solely request was for “my favourite hymn” to be performed on the wedding ceremony — “On Eagle’s Wings” — however that he was unpleasantly stunned when the ceremony as a substitute performed “Hava Nagilah.”
“I solely requested one factor… They usually performed, and my thoughts goes clean now, what’s the tune that’s performed the place all people is on the chair? I can’t keep in mind it. Anyway, however that’s the tune that was performed,” Biden recounted.
The president added: “So you recognize, I don’t know what the hell’s occurring right here. I simply had one little favor, you recognize, simply that they play ‘On Eagle’s Wings’.”
Biden talked about his interactions with Meir whereas discussing his latest assembly on the White Home with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
“She saved pulling the maps down and displaying me how many individuals have died and what occurred,” stated Biden, who took workplace as a senator in 1973 and met with Meir that 12 months.
“She stated, ‘Now we have no place else to go. Now we have no place else to go.’ Nicely, the reality of the matter is, that’s most likely true, nevertheless it’s so unhappy. And we have now to make — we have now to proceed to struggle like hell to ensure there’s anyplace,” Biden stated.