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(JNS) The presidential campaign of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hired writer Abigail Pogrebin as director of Jewish outreach, becoming the first 2020 campaign to employ such a role.

Bloomberg announced his candidacy last week, becoming the fourth Jewish candidate in the now 15-candidate Democratic primary.

“It doesn’t surprise me that he would want to hit the ground running in a variety of ways, and one of those ways would be constituent outreach,” Jay Footlik, a former Jewish liaison for President Bill Clinton, told The New York Jewish Week.

Among the works of Pogrebin, 54, are “My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays; One Wondering Jew,” which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 2018; and “Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish,” which features 62 prominent Jews, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and movie director Steven Spielberg.

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She is one of the twin daughters of Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author, journalist and a founding editor of Ms. magazine.

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