Doug Emhoff, the Jewish husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, is crossing Western states with his wife to promote the benefits of the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package the Biden administration just passed through. the Congress.
There was a shutdown at a food bank in Las Vegas and businesses in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But when he hit Denver on Tuesday, Mr. Emhoff walked over to a Jewish grocery store that was largely featured in a Rosh Hashanah message he delivered ahead of last November’s election.
Emhoff stopped by Rosenberg’s Bagels in the Five Points neighborhood of Colorado town.
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“We were honored that the Second Gentleman stopped by our Five Points location today to talk about small business relief (and of course, bagels and lox),” the bagelry said on its Facebook page, which featured photos of Emhoff meeting the store owner. , Joshua Pollack, who grew up in Bergen County.
Pollack started his restaurant in part after moving to Denver because he had missed out on the Jewish food available in North Jersey, let alone across the bridge from New York. It has a specially designed machine that converts water into New York mineral levels to mimic the gluten levels in New York area bagels, and it offers specific Jewish holiday foods: Challahs on Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah crown challahs, Hanukkah latkes and many other seasonal delicacies.
Mr Pollack, who campaigned for the Biden / Harris ticket in Denver, was the star of a video by Emhoff Rosh Hashanah in which he described his economic hardships during the pandemic. He also sent Mr. Emhoff, who was not in Denver at the time, a package containing Jewish foods, including bagels, honey and a challah wreath.
“I couldn’t stop in Denver without visiting,” Emhoff said on Twitter Wednesday. “Josh and I met virtually last year and have stayed in touch ever since. This pandemic has had a major impact on small businesses. The US bailout is now here to offer direct and immediate relief. “
Among the benefits of the bailout, Mr. Emhoff and Ms. Harris are touting grants and loans for small businesses, especially restaurants.
Jewish Telegraph Agency