Jack Lew turned down a different nomination

Jack Lew, nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to be the new Treasury Secretary, during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

This final note on the way out, which comes as Treasury Secretary-designate Jack Lew started his round of get-to-know-you meetings on Capitol Hill today.

The Jewish Daily Forward newspaper recounts that Lew was once asked to serve as the treasurer at his local synagogue. Turned it down with a smile, the story goes, saying synagogue finances would be harder to manage than the federal budget.

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