This week in Jewish political news: Bay State update, Jews and the Black Lives Matter movement, and more – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Posted By on September 8, 2020

(JTA) Heres a rundown of what weve covered while we miss our man in Washington. Hell be back next week!

Bay State update

There were lots of Jewish candidates in the running in primaries this week in Massachusetts, including Alex Morse, the progressive Democrat who was trying to unseat a longtime senator and become the first Jewish member of The Squad. He lost, as did an epidemiologist running for Congress. But two Jewish candidates are neck and neck in the race to fill the congressional seat vacated by Joe Kennedy III.

On the trail

Lara Trump, the presidents daughter-in-law, campaigned with Laura Loomer, the Jewish 27-year-old and self-proclaimed proud Islamophobe who is the Republican congressional candidate in the Florida district that includes Mar-a-Lago, President Trumps home. Meanwhile, Karlie Kloss, whos married to Jared Kushners brother Josh (and loves Shabbat), is joining a campaign event for Joe Biden.

Florida report

Theres more going on in the Sunshine State than Rons visit. As both parties vie for Florida, Kamala Harriss husband Douglas Emhoff made a pitch for Jewish voters there. He made a similar pitch today on a call to Pennsylvania Democrats right down to his stump speech recounting his camp accolades.

Jews and Black lives

Four years ago, the Movement for Black Lives frustrated many potential Jewish supporters by condemning Israel. Its new platform doesnt mention Israel at all. Before the new platform came out, more than 600 Jewish groups and institutions issued a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. One later backed out, leaving no mainstream Orthodox supporters.

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Reportedly to communicate that the U.S. Embassy in Israel wont ever leave Jerusalem, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson may be buying the former ambassadors mansion in Herzliya.

Republicans played Leonard Cohens Hallelujah twice during their convention, against his estates wishes. The estate suggested as an alternative You Want It Darker.

Biden condemned the apparent arson of a Chabad building at the University of Delaware.

An Anti-Defamation League analyst offers insights about what to make of the killings during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon, and why armed vigilantes are a growing concern for extremism monitors.

Some political views

The editor-at large of Mishpacha, an influential and widely read magazine by and for Orthodox Jews, explains why hes voting for Donald Trump: Orthodox Jews see Trump as their man on the street.

An experienced political communications strategist unpacks what synagogues planning to stream their High Holiday services can learn from this years political conventions.

TV guide

In case youre watching HBOs Lovecraft Country or thinking about it, be warned that theres a plot point that sounds a lot like a blood libel. This story examines why and what viewers should take away. But beware: There are spoilers.

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