Obama Names Orthodox Jew As Next Chief Of Staff
President Obama named Jacob J. Lew, an Orthodox Jew, to be his next chief of staff.
Lew will replace William Daley, who will be leaving at the end of the month.
Obama announced the personnel changes Monday at a press conference.
Lew is the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level position and a post he also filled during the Clinton administration. He previously was Obama's deputy secretary of state.
Daley is leaving after just over a year on the job. He had succeeded Rahm Emanuel, who left the White House to run successfully for Chicago's mayor.
Lew, like Emanuel, has close Jewish community ties.
There had been speculation in the organized Jewish community about whether Obama would fill a top spot with someone close to the Jewish community after the departure last month of Dennis Ross, who had been Obama's top Iran policy adviser.
The Orthodox Union praised the appointment. "We commend President Obama for appointing Mr. Jack Lew as White House Chief of Staff," said Managing Director Rabbi Steven Burg and Executive Director for Public Policy Nathan Diament in a statement. "Our community takes great pride in the appointment of the first member of our community to this position of great responsibility. We wish Mr. Lew a hearty 'Mazal Tov' on his historic appointment and best wishes in his new role in serving the president and people of the United States."
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GERMAN Train Set
This is the world's biggest train set which covers
1,150 square meters (12,380 square feet), features
almost six miles of track and is still not complete
Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41,
began work on the 'Miniatur Wonderland' in 2000
The set covers six regions including America , Switzerland , Scandinavia , Germany and the Austrian Alps . The American section features giant models of the Rocky Mountains, Everglades, Grand Canyon ..and Mount Rushmore.
The Swiss section has a mini-Matterhorn
The Scandinavian part has a 4ft long passenger ship floating in a 'fjord'
It is expected to be finished in 2014, when the train
set will cover more than 1,800 square meters
(19, 376 sq ft) and feature almost 13 miles of track, by which time detailed models of parts of France, Italy and the UK will have been added It comprises 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons The longest train is 46ft long
The scenery includes 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars - many with illuminated headlights... and 160,000 individually designed figures Thousands of kilograms of steel and wood was used to construct the scenery...
The 250,000 lights are rigged up to a system which mimics night and day by automatically turning them on and off
The whole system is controlled from a massive
high-tech nerve centre.
In total the set has taken 500,000 hours and more than 8 million to put together, the vast majority of which has come from ticket salesGerrit said: "Our idea was to build a world that men, woman, and children can be equally astonished and amazed in" Frederik added: "Whether gambling in Las Vegas, hiking in the Alps or paddling in Norwegian fjords - in Wunderland everything is possible"
The world's biggest model train set.
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"BOYS" AND THEIR TOYS.... It comprises 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons.
The longest train is 46 ft long. The scenery includes 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars - many with illuminated headlights and 200,000 individually designed figures.
Thousands of kilograms of steel and wood was used to construct the scenery.
The set is on display to the public and is so big that they employ more than 160 people to show visitors around their creation.
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Germany site. Do not miss the video!
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