You can read about Mr. Emanuel here.
Emanuel is also Jewish.
Rahm Israel Emanuel (Hebrew: רם עמנואל) was born in Chicago, Illinois. His first name, Rahm, means “high” or “lofty” in Hebrew, while his last name, Emanuel, means “God is with us.” According to his father, his son is the namesake of Rahamim, a Lehi combatant who was killed. Rahm’s surname was adopted by his family in 1933, after Rahm’s paternal uncle, Emanuel Auerbach, was killed in a skirmish with Arabs in Jerusalem. His father, the Jerusalem-born Benjamin M. Emanuel, is a pediatrician and former member of the Irgun, a militant Zionist group active in the British Mandate of Palestine between 1931 and 1948. His mother, Martha Smulevitz, worked as an X-ray technician and was the daughter of a local union organizer. She became a civil rights activist; she was also once the owner of a Chicago-area rock and roll club. The two met in Chicago in the 1950s. Emanuel’s older brother, Ezekiel, is an oncologist and bioethicist, and his brother Ari is a talent agent in Los Angeles who inspired Jeremy Piven’s character Ari Gold on the HBO series Entourage. Emanuel himself is the inspiration for the character Josh Lyman on The West Wing. Emanuel is a first cousin of Howard Stern show writer Benjy Bronk.  Emanuel also has a younger adopted sister named Shoshanna, 14 years his junior.
And he’s a former ballet dancer.
Now let me say flat out that I completely disagree with anyone who says that having a Jewish Chief Of Staff in the Obama administration is a good thing. Like my fellow JTF’ers, I am completely opposed to Jews holding high political positions in America, no matter what their credentials are.
From what I’m reading so far, Emanuel seems to be one of those quasi observant Jews who are social liberals at heart. But make no mistake about it. I would be just as opposed to someone like Eric Cantor being part of McCain’s campaign.
The fact is, there will always be anti-semites out there who accuse American Jews of being Israel firsters. So no matter what kind of Jew we have in high political positions in this country, that will always be in the back of their heads. Therefore, they’ll go out of their way to screw over their fellow Jews and/or Israel just to prove that they’re not Israel firsters. But even that won’t be enough for people who believe Capitol Hill is Israeli occupied territory.
According to The Urban Grind, Emanuel was also on the board of Fannie Mae.