Three members of Congress, addressing the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum today, announced the launch of the bipartisan Black-Jewish congressional caucus.

The caucus’s creation follows on a January meeting with AJC’s National Leadership Council, where Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) spoke about the urgent need to bring together African-Americans and Jews.

Caucus co-founders, in addition to Lawrence, are Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) John Lewis (D-GA), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY). Reps Lawrence, Zeldin and Wasserman-Schultz addressed the AJC Global Forum on behalf of the five co-founders.