600 'Rabbis for Obama' launch bid to reelect US president

By REUTERS
August 21, 2012 22:45

 
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WASHINGTON – More than 600 rabbis displayed their support for US President Barack Obama's reelection bid on Tuesday,  joining a campaign initiative called Rabbis for Obama.

Obama for America announced Tuesday that Rabbis for Obama is designed to “engage and mobilize grassroots supporters.”

The rabbis represent themselves and not individual synagogues or organizations, according to the news release. The names of all the rabbis can be found on the website barackobama.com/rabbis. Most of the rabbis are Reform or Conservative, although a handful are Orthodox.

"This list of rabbis represents a broad group of respected Jewish leaders from all parts of the country. These rabbis mirror the diversity of American Jewry,” Ira Forman, the Obama campaign's Jewish outreach director, said in a news release.

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