Clinton launches young Jewish outreach


About a hundred young Jewish professionals attended a “Chai for Hillary” event in Washington aimed at garnering support for the Clinton presidential campaign.

Those attending Wednesday night were expected to pledge 18 hours volunteer service for the campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and to recruit another 18 volunteers. A message to supporters from the campaign’s chief Jewish liaison, Ann Lewis, said the hope was to replicate the event in other cities as part of broadening Jewish outreach.

“We are thrilled with the support Hillary has received from the Jewish community,” Lewis wrote in an e-mail to Jewish followers. “Now we would like to build on that support by developing state-level Jewish working groups. These groups can advise us on how to organize within states and cities, look for opportunities and events for the campaign to have a presence, and reach out to their own networks to share Hillary’s record of leadership.”

The campaign also announced endorsements from 12 Jews out of 43 in both Houses of Congress: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y), Jane Harman (D-Calif.), Steve Israel (D-N.Y), Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y), Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y).

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