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What religion, if any, is Valerie Jarrett?

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There is little publicly available information about the religious beliefs, affiliation, or background of Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama. In a 2011 speech to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jarrett revealed that her great-grandfather was Jewish, but made no specific reference to her own religious identity.

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An in-depth Chicago Tribune obituary of Jarrett's father, James E. Bowman, a prominent professor of medicine and pathology, did not refer to any religious background or involvement of the deceased. The obituary mentioned a memorial service to be held at Bowman's university, but did not name the officiant. Jarrett's daughter was married in a private home ceremony officiated by a judge.

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