Bergen-born Denver bagelmeister meets Second Gentleman

Bergen-born Denver bagelmeister meets Second Gentleman

Doug Emhoff, the Jewish husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, is on a swing through Western states with his wife to promote the benefits of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that the Biden administration just squeezed through Congress.

There was a stop at a food bank in Las Vegas and at businesses in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But when he hit Denver on Tuesday, Mr. Emhoff headed for a Jewish deli that featured large in a Rosh Hashanah message he delivered before the election last November.

Emhoff stopped by Rosenberg’s Bagels in the Colorado city’s Five Points neighborhood.

“We were honored to have the Second Gentleman stop by our Five Points location today to talk small business relief (and of course, bagels & lox)”, the bagelry said on its Facebook page, which featured photos of Emhoff meeting with the store’s owner, Joshua Pollack, who grew up in Bergen County.

Pollack launched his eatery in part after moving to Denver because he missed the Jewish food available in north Jersey — not to mention right over the bridge in New York. He has a specially made machine that converts water to New York mineral levels to replicate the gluten levels in New York-area bagels, and he offers Jewish holiday-specific foods: challahs on Shabbat, crown challahs on Rosh Hashanah, latkes on Chanukah, and many other seasonal delights.

Mr. Pollack, who campaigned for th Biden/Harris ticket in Denver, was the star of an Emhoff Rosh Hashanah video in which he described his economic struggles during the pandemic. He also sent Mr. Emhoff, who was not in Denver at the time, a care package of Jewish foods, including bagels, honey, and a crown challah.

“Couldn’t stop by Denver without visiting,” Mr. Emhoff said Wednesday on Twitter. “Josh and I met virtually last year and have kept in touch ever since. This pandemic has greatly impacted small businesses. The American Rescue Plan is now here to offer direct and immediate relief.”

Among the rescue package’s benefits, Mr. Emhoff and Ms. Harris are touting the grants and loans for small businesses, especially for restaurants.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency