Benjamin M. Emanuel

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Benjamin M. Emanuel (né Auerbach) is a Chicago pediatrician and former member of Irgun[1][2]. He is the father of NIH bioethicist Ezekiel J. Emanuel, U.S. Congressman and White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanuel, talent agent Ari Emanuel, and adopted daughter Shoshana.[1] Benjamin Auerbach was born in Jerusalem in 1927,[1] the son of pharmacists who had fled Russian pogroms.[3] The family adopted the surname Emanuel in 1933, after Benjamin’s brother, Emanuel Auerbach, was killed in a skirmish with Arabs in Jerusalem.[1] In the 1940s, Benjamin Emanuel interrupted his medical school training in Switzerland to take part in an unsuccessful scheme to smuggle guns from Czechoslovakia to the Israeli underground.[3] He later served as a medic in the 1948 Israeli war of independence.[3] In 1953, his medical training brought him to Chicago's Mount Sinai hospital, where he met X-ray technician Marsha Smulevitz, the daughter of a Moldavian immigrant and union organizer.[3][4] The couple married and briefly lived in Israel before returning to Chicago.[3] They had three sons within four years, and according to Benjamin Emanuel, named their second son in honor of Rahamim, a Lehi combatant who was killed.[2] They later moved to Wilmette and adopted their daughter.[1] Benjamin sent his sons to summer camp in Israel, and Marsha insisted they take ballet lessons and accompany her to civil rights protests, where she was arrested three times.[3] Dr. Emanuel's pediatrics practice grew to one of the largest in Chicago.[3]

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"Obviously he [ Rahm Emanuel ] will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he be? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of the White House." [4][5][6][7]

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b c d e ">Elisabeth Bumiller (1997-06-15). "The Brothers Emanuel", New York Times.  Retrieved on Nov. 6, 2008
  2. ^ a b Anshel Pfeffer and Shlomo Shamir (November 6, 2006). "Obama's first pick: Israeli Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff", Haaretz. Retrieved on November 6, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g ">Nina Easton (2006-9-25). "Rahm Emanuel, Pitbull politician", Fortune Magazine.  Retrieved on Nov. 8, 2008
  4. ^ a b ">MATTHEW KALMAN (2008-11-06). "Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is no pal of ours, Israel's foes say", New York Daily News.  Retrieved on Nov. 7, 2008
  5. ^ "Interview with Benjamin Emanuel" (in Hebrew), Ma'ariv (November 6, 2008). Retrieved on November 8, 2008. 
  6. ^ Staff (November 6, 2008). "Emanuel to be Obama's chief of staff", Jerusalem Post. Retrieved on November 6, 2008. 
  7. ^ Mark Silva (November 8, 2008). "Rahm Emanuel, Obama, Israel and family", The Swamp: Chicago Tribune’s Washington Bureau. Retrieved on November 8, 2008.