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Congressman Addresses Bucks Congregation Breakfast Club

January 22, 2014 By:
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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (left) joins Rabbi Eliott Perlstein and young friend Brett Rubin at Ohev Sholom of Bucks County.

U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of the 8th District, which includes Bucks County, talked economy, energy policy and immigration during a breakfast meeting at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County.

Fitzpatrick was invited to speak by young congregant Brett Rubin and his family. Brett, a junior ambassador of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) — he has been dealing with Type 1 Diabetes since he was 3 — has had many meetings with the congressman over the direction of diabetes research.

Indeed, the two have become fast friends, with Fitzpatrick even delivering a speech at Brett's Bar Mitzvah last year at Ohev Shalom.

The teenager, who was recently honored by the Jewish Exponent as a Mitzvah Hero, discussed his optimism in battling the disease as part of his remark's introducing Fitzpatrick at the event, co-sponsored by the Men's Club, Sisterhood and Hazak. He also praised Fitzpatrick for his continual help in bringing juvenile diabetes to the attention of Capitol Hill and the nation.

More than $1,000 in profits from the breakfast, which drew a number of supervisors from Northampton Township, are headed to JDRF.

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