Obama for America announces Rabbis for Obama
August 21, 2012 3 Comments
By Lauren Appelbaum, Political Director
Washington, Aug. 21 – The Obama for America campaign has launched “Rabbis for Obama,” a group of rabbis from various denominations and from around the country whose goal is to “engage and mobilize grassroots supporters.”
“These rabbis mirror the diversity of American Jewry,” said Ira Forman who is the Jewish Outreach Director for the campaign. ”Their ringing endorsement of President Obama speaks volumes about the President’s deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel and his dedication to a policy agenda that represents the values of the overwhelming majority of the American Jewish community.”
The three co-chairs include Rabbis Steven Bob and Sam Gordon, both of Illinois and both founding co-chairs of Rabbis for Obama in 2008, and Rabbi Burt Visotzky of New York, who was a vice chair in 2008. More than 600 rabbis have signed on to be part of Rabbis for America; this number is double the number from the 2008 Rabbis for Obama group.
Forman said these rabbis “are proud of the president’s record and leadership in restoring long-term growth of middle class jobs, ensuring that quality education and health care are more accessible and affordable and standing up for a woman’s right to choose.”
Based on results from a recent survey by the American Jewish Committee, Jewish Americans’ highest priorities in the 2012 presidential election are the economy (80 percent), health care (57 percent), national security (26 percent) and taxes (26 percent). Twenty-two percent of Jewish Americans cite U.S.-Israel relations as the one of the three most important issues in deciding how they will vote in the 2012 presidential election.