DETROIT (VINnews) — On Sunday evening, Yeshiva Beth Yehuda of Detroit, MI held a historic virtual event, dubbed an evening in unity, in which speakers from across the cultural and political divide were invited to speak.
The event was first and foremost graced with words by Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky.
Other notable speakers at the event included Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, and many others.
But two of the most highly anticipated speakers were none other than President Donald Trump, and Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden.
The location in which the event took place was of course of great importance to both presidential candidates, as Michigan is a swing state.
President Trump began his words by praising Yeshiva Beth Yehuda as a “good place”, the oldest and largest Jewish educational institution in Michigan.
The president then continued on to note that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a scheduled speaker as well, and thanked him for his friendship and support, as well as his partnership in many accomplishments, such as eradicating the Iran nuclear deal, moving the embassy to Jerusalem, imposing sanctions on Iran, and brokering peace deals with the UAE and Bahrain.
There will be more countries following in signing peace deals as well, the president noted.
The president finished his words by discussing the importance of education, and thanked the Yeshiva for making society a better place.
Joe Biden began his words by thanking Detroit businessman Gary Torgow for inviting him to speak, and for his work on behalf of the Beth Yehuda students. Biden also congratulated Stephen Steinour upon receiving the outstanding leadership award.
Biden then noted how he attended the Beth Yehuda unity event in person back in 2011. A lot has changed since then, but we all remained united in our appreciation for the extraordinary institution which accepts students regardless of their ability to afford tuition and that ensures that every student has what he needs to succeed, Biden said.
Biden then said that the evening’s theme of unity couldn’t be more appropriate for the work the school does, as well as the road we have to travel as a nation.
We have to come together to treat each other with dignity and respect, and recognize the difference between opposition and an enemy, particularly the unconscionable rise in anti-semitism across the country, Biden continued.
Biden said the he is reminded of his former colleague John McCain, who also spoke at the event in a previous year, with who he had many disagreements, but always found a way to come together with respect.
This theme is comparable to the Jewish tradition of Tikun Haolam, reparing the world, Biden continued.
Biden finished off by thanking the faculty and students of Yeshiva Beth Yehuda, expressing how proud he is of the work they do and will continue to do in the future.