Hundreds of US Jews sign public declaration of support for Elizabeth Warren
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Hundreds of US Jews sign public declaration of support for Elizabeth Warren

Letter marks latest bid to sway Jewish voters in the Democratic party primaries; signatories include prominent rabbis, community leaders

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks with members of the media after a Democratic presidential primary debate, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks with members of the media after a Democratic presidential primary debate, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

JTA — Hundreds of US Jews signed a declaration of support for Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren in the latest effort to influence Jewish voters in the Democratic primaries.

Among the some 850 signatories who signed the #JewsforWarren declaration throughout the week are Joshua Malina, the actor who starred in a Hillel get-out-the-vote campaign video in 2018; Representative Andy Levin, the Michigan congressman who this week denounced criticism of Mike Bloomberg as anti-Semitic; and more than 40 rabbis.

The letter reads: “Inspired by the words of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Ancestors), ‘You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it,’ we shall continue working to make our nation live up to the progressive values that we hold dear, and we call upon our Jewish family to join us in doing so and in support Elizabeth Warren for President.”

The Warren campaign was not involved in the letter, according to Hadar Susskind, one of the progressive activists who organized the effort. Instead, he said, the idea emerged from conversations among supporters about how to make their support more visible.

“As someone who is in this space, I get asked often about what I think — about their views on Israel and other issues,” Susskind said. “I’m always happy to talk to people I know about that, but we wanted to do that on a broader scale.”

The signatories live in 43 states, plus Washington, DC, and abroad. Susskind said the letter would be a “living document” that others could sign and could serve as a tool for organizing.

Among other prominent signatories are Sharon Kleinbaum, a rabbi at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City; Nicole Berner, general counsel for the SEIU labor union; and Hasia Diner, a historian of American Jewry.

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