6 things to know about Jill Stein, Israel-bashing last Jewish candidate standing
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6 things to know about Jill Stein, Israel-bashing last Jewish candidate standing

Chicago-born Green presidential candidate says her Reform values had a 'huge' influence, backs BDS, wants Sanders supporters to switch sides

Jill Stein waits to speak before announcing that she will seek the Green Party's presidential nomination, at the National Press Club, June 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images via jta)
Jill Stein waits to speak before announcing that she will seek the Green Party's presidential nomination, at the National Press Club, June 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images via jta)

NEW YORK (JTA) — Voters who have their hearts set on supporting a left-wing secular Jew running an insurgent campaign still have a candidate.

Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party candidate, is making another run.

And this year, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both earning historically low popularity ratings, she hopes she can attract at least some of Bernie Sanders’ 13 million Democratic primary voters.

With a far-left platform, Stein advocates government-guaranteed full employment, a national mobilization on the order of World War II to fight climate change and an initiative to cut military spending by at least 50 percent.

Stein isn’t gaining much traction now. According to RealClearPolitics’ average, she’s polling at 3.1 percent nationally, about half of where Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is at, and far behind Clinton and Trump. But she’s hoping to capitalize on Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton, drawing voters unwilling to support her campaign.

“If you don’t want to vote for a war monger or racist billionaire, there are more options,” she tweeted Tuesday. “The political revolution will keep going.”

Here are six things you need to know about the one Jewish candidate left in the race.

She grew up in a Reform synagogue in a Chicago suburb

Stein was born in Chicago in 1950 and grew up in the northern suburb of Highland Park. Her family was Reform, and she attended North Shore Congregation Israel in the nearby town of Glencoe. She attended Sunday school there for 10 years, according to a 2012 interview with Forbes, and was confirmed rather than having a bat mitzvah.

She said that Reform Judaism’s emphasis on social justice has had a “huge” influence on her policies. Growing up, she said, she “really had the values of the Old Testament, the golden rule, really very much drummed into my upbringing.”

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