Is Rahm Emanuel Jewish?

Yes, Rahm Emanuel is a Jew. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1959. In Hebrew the name Rahm means “lofty” and the name Emanuel means “God is with us.”

Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, won the Chicago mayoral election over five other challengers Tuesday 2/22/2011, topping the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff vote. He is the first Jewish mayor elected in Chicago.

The Times Sunday Magazine had a profile of him (3/14/2010), “The Limits of Rahmism,” By PETER BAKER, “He was chosen as White House chief of staff because he could make things happen. What happened?”


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