Sep 10, 2008

The Launch of Rabbis for Obama

I am a proud member of www.RabbisforObama.com! Here is today's press release, which I endorse completely.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 10, 2008
Group of over 300 Rabbis Join to Support Obama


WASHINGTON – Today, group of over three hundred American rabbis released a letter in support of Senator Barack Obama's historic candidacy. "Rabbis for Obama," through its website, www.RabbisforObama.com, aims to spread an awareness of Senator Obama's message of change and repairing the world, which is steeped in the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam and the values of the Hebrew prophets.

"Rabbis for Obama" is a grassroots effort founded by Rabbi Sam Gordon of Wilmette, IL, and Rabbi Steven Bob of Glen Ellyn, IL. Its members represent every corner of the American Jewish community, including rabbis from each of the major Jewish Movements in the United States (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist). Many are distinguished clergy and educators known for their publications and teachings.

Among the rabbis are prominent figures such as Rabbi Elliot Dorf (Los Angeles, CA), Rabbi Jack Moline (Alexandria, VA), Rabbi Burton Visotzky (New York, NY), Rabbi Janet Marder (Palo Alto, CA), and Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus (Homewood, IL). They join over three hundred others in making a clear statement of Senator Obama's strong support from the Jewish community in America.

"Rabbis for Obama" marks the first time in American history that such a large group of rabbis has supported a candidate for political office. The support of rabbis nationwide is a testament to Barack Obama's strong support in the Jewish Community, and demonstrates that he shares the values and principles so important to the American Jewish Community.


Chair:
Rabbi Sam Gordon, Wilmette, IL
Co-chair:
Rabbi Steven Bob, Glen Ellyn, IL

Vice- Chairs:
Rabbi Rachel Cowan, New York, NY
Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus, Homewood, IL
Rabbi Steve Foster, Denver, CO
Rabbi Dayle Friedman, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Laura Geller, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Don Gluckman, Pikesville, MD
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Wyncote, PA
Rabbi Charles Kroloff, Westfield, NJ
Rabbi Richard N. Levy, Encino, CA
Rabbi Brian Lurie, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Rachel Mikva, Rye Brook, NY
Rabbi Jack Moline, Alexandria, VA
Rabbi Charles Simon, New York, NY
Rabbi David Teutsch, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Ethan Tucker, New York, NY
Rabbi Burt Visotzky, New York, NY

Members:
Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Bruce Abrams, Cleveland Heights, OH
Rabbi David Adelson, New York, NY
Rabbi Adam M. Allenberg, Mountain View, CA
Rabbi Victor Appell, New York, NY
Rabbi Stephen A. Arnold, S. Easton, MA
Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, Omaha, NE

Rabbi Larry Bach, El Paso, TX
Rabbi Andy Bachman, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Chava Bahle, Suttons Bay, MI
Rabbi Andrew Baker, Washington, D.C.
Rabbi Michael Barenbaum, Marin, CA
Rabbi Benjy Bar-Lev, Cincinnati, OH
Rabbi Lewis Barth, Encino, CA
Rabbi Morris Barzilai, New Rochelle, NY
Rabbi Elliot Baskin, Greenwood Village, CO
Rabbi Renee Bauer, Madison WI
Rabbi Pamela Frydman Baugh, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Annie Belford, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Karen Bender, Tarzana, CA
Rabbi Donald R. Berlin, St. Michaels, MD
Rabbi Linda Bertenthal, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Marjorie Berman, Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Phyllis Berman Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Jonathan Biatch, Madison, WI
Rabbi Michael Birnholz, Vero Beach, FL
Rabbi Aaron B. Bisno, Pittsburgh, PA
Rabbi Joshua Boettiger , Bennington, VA
Rabbi Terry Bookman, Miami, Fl
Rabbi Jill Borodin, Seattle, WA
Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Neal Borovitz River Edge, NJ
Rabbi Sara Brandes, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Herbert Bronstein, Glencoe, IL
Rabbi Lester Bronstein, White Plains, NY
Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, New York, NY
Rabbi Gustav Buchdahl, Baltimore, MD
Rabbi Caryn Broitman, W. Tisbury, MA
Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein, Brooklyn, NY

Rabbi Carol Caine Berkeley, CA
Rabbi Debra S. Cantor Newington, CT
Rabbi Carie Carter, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Kenneth Chasen, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Steven Chester, Oakland, CA
Rabbi Diane Cohen, Los Angeles
Rabbi Hillel Cohn, San Bernardino, CA
Rabbi David J. Cooper, Piedmont, CA
Rabbi Julian I. Cook, Denver, CO
Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Stanford, CA
Rabbi Laurie Coskey, Poway, CA
Rabbi Rachel Cowan, New York, NY
Rabbi Meryl M. Crean, Media, PA
Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Berkeley, CA
Rabbi William Cutter, Los Angeles, CO
Rabbi Eric Cytryn, Harrisburg, PA

Rabbi Harry K Danziger, Germantown, TN
Rabbi Andrew Davids, Croton On Hudson, NY
Rabbi Stanley Davids, Santa Monica, CA
Rabbi Jerome Davidson, Kings Point, NY
Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, Teaneck, NJ
Rabbi Fred Dobb, Bethesda, MD
Rabbi Wayne Dosick, San Diego, CA
Rabbi William Dreskin, Greenburgh, NY

Rabbi Renee Edelman, South Orange, NJ
Rabbi Amy Eilberg St. Paul, MN
Rabbi Bruce Elder, Highland Park, IL
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, Brooklyn, NY

Rabbi Daniel Fellman, East Brunswick, NJ
Rabbi Brian Field, Denver CO
Rabbi Daniel Fink, Boise, ID
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Adam D. Fisher, Stony Brook, NY
Rabbi Alan Flam, Barrington, RI
Rabbi Nancy Flam, Northampton, MA
Rabbi Ellen Flax, New York, NY
Rabbi Robert Frazin, Hollywood, FL
Rabbi Michael Friedland, South Bend. IN
Rabbi Joan S. Friedman, Wooster, OH
Rabbi Marsha Friedman, Elkins Park, PA
Rabbi Ronne Friedman, Brookline, MA
Rabbi Stacy Friedman, San Rafael, CA
Rabbi Randy Fleisher St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Serena Fujita, Lewisburg, PA

Rabbi Jack S. Gabriel, Sonoma, CA
Rabbi Ruth Gais Summit, NJ
Rabbi Hillel Gamoran, Seattle, WA
Rabbi Robert T. Gan, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Rachel Gartner, Montclair, NJ.
Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb, New York, NY
Rabbi Jonathan Gerard, Easton, PA
Rabbi Kim Geringer, Short Hills, New Jersey
Rabbi Gary Gerson, Oak Park, IL
Rabbi Gordon Gladstone, Bayonne NJ
Rabbi Miriyam Glazer, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Steve Glazer, Herndon, VA
Rabbi Mark Glickman, Woodinville, WA
Rabbi Arnie Gluck, Skillman, NJ
Rabbi Shai Gluskin, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Rosalind Gold, Reston, VA
Rabbi Gerald A. Goldman, Holyoke, MA
Rabbi James Stone Goodman, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Joseph Goldman, Denver, CO
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, St Louis, MO
Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein, Sherman Oaks, CA
Rabbi Jeffrey W. Goldwasser, Williamstown, MA
Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman, Garden City, NY
Rabbi Stephen Goodman, Garden City, NY
Rabbi Donald Goor, Tarzana, CA
Rabbi Seth William Goren, Washington, DC
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, Pasadena, CA
Rabbi Alan Greenbaum, Grass Valley, CA
Rabbi C. Michelle Greenberg, Northfield, IL
Rabbi David Greenspoon, Baltimore, MD
Rabbi Suzanne Griffel, Chicago, IL
Rabbi Daniel Gropper, Rye, NY
Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaefer, Santa Barbara, CA
Rabbi Susan Grossman, Columbia, MD
Rabbi Joshua Gutoff, Brooklyn, NY

Rabbi Debra Hachen, Demarest, NJ
Rabbi Shoshana Hantman, Katonah, NY
Rabbi Maurice Harris, Eugene, OR
Rabbi Robert Harris, White Plains, NY
Rabbi Alan Henkin, Northridge, CA
Rabbi Jeffrey Hoffman, White Plains, NY
Rabbi Elliot Holin, Elkins Park, PA
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, New Haven, CT
Rabbi Linda Holtzman, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Margaret Holub, Mendecino, CA

Rabbi Abie Ingber, Cincinnati, OH

Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs, Woodland Hills, CA
Rabbi Devorah Jacobson, Amherst, MA
Rabbi Howard L. Jaffe, Lexington, MA
Rabbi Jennifer Jaech, Peekskill NY
Rabbi Rebecca Joseph, New York, NY

Rabbi Bruce Kadden, Tacoma, WA
Rabbi Amy Kalmanofsky, New York, NY
Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, New York, NY
Rabbi Ben Kamin, Del Mar, CA
Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin, Highland Park, IL
Rabbi Susan Kanoff, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Ken Kanter, Cincinnati, OH
Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Palo Alto, CA
Rabbi Henry Jay Karp, Davenport, IA
Rabbi Mario Karpuj, Sandy Springs, GA
Rabbi Nancy Kasten, Dallas, TX
Rabbi Jim Kaufman, Valley Village, CA
Rabbi David Kay, Orlando, Florida
Rabbi Benjamin G. Kelsen, Teaneck, NJ
Rabbi Jimmy Kessler, Galveston, TX
Rabbi Ralph P. Kingsley, Aventura, FL
Rabbi Andrew Klein, Barrington, RI
Rabbi Jason Klein, Baltimore, MD
Rabbi Jonathan Klein Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Lori Klein, Capitola, CA
Rabbi Myriam Klotz, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Rabbi Norman Koch, New Milford, CT
Rabbi Debora Kohn, Berkeley, CA
Rabbi Stephanie D. Kolin, Boston, MA
Rabbi Neil E Kominsky, Brookline, MA
Rabbi Sandford Kopnick, Cincinnati, OH
Rabbi Ira Korinow, Haverhill, MA
Rabbi Allen Krause, Mission Viejo, CA
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Noa Kushner, San Anselmo, CA
Rabbi Steven Kushner, Montclair, NJ
Rabbi Harold Kudan, Glencoe, IL
Rabbi Judith Kummer, Roslindale, MA

Rabbi Gail Labovitz, Los Angeles
Rabbi Susan Laemmle, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Lynne Landsberg, Washington, DC
Rabbi Shira Lander Baltimore, MD
Rabbi Michael Adam Latz, Seattle, WA
Rabbi Alan LaPayover, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi William Lebeau, New York, NY
Rabbi Morton Leifman, New York, NY
Rabbi Michael Lerner, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Carol Levithan, New York, NY
Rabbi Charles S. Levi, Deerfield, IL
Rabbi Joel Levine, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Rabbi Yael Levy, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Valerie Lieber, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Rebecca Lillian, Chicago, Illinois
Rabbi John A. Linder, Phoenix, AZ
Rabbi Steven Lowenstein, Glencoe, IL

Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, White Plains, NY
Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman, North Bethesda, MD
Rabbi Howard Mandell, Virginia Beach, VA
Rabbi Janet Marder, Palo Alto, CA
Rabbi Jeffrey M. Marker, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Susan Marks, Sarasota, FL
Rabbi Simeon Maslin, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, New York, NY
Rabbi Dennis N. Math, New York, NY
Rabbi Gary Mazo, Marstons Mills, MA
Rabbi Bernard Mehlman, Brookline, MA
Rabbi Jim Michaels, Rockville, MD
Rabbi Shira Milgrom, White Plains,NY
Rabbi Bennett Miller, Monroe Township, NJ
Rabbi Joshua Minkin, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Victor Mirelman, River Forest, IL
Rabbi Michael A. Monson, West Orange, NJ
Rabbi Leon A. Morris, New York, NY
Rabbi Jay Henry Moses, New York, NY
Rabbi Anat Moskowitz, Denver, CO
Rabbi Dan Moskovitz, Tarzana, CA
Rabbi Shelly Moss, Sun City, AZ

Rabbi Robin Nafshi, Lebanon, NJ
Rabbi Perry Netter Los Angeles, CA

Rabbi Avi S. Olitzky, St. Louis Park, MN
Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, New York, NY
Rabbi Shaul Osadchey, Houston, TX

Rabbi Melinda Panken, Manalapan, NJ
Rabbi Julie Pelc, Venice, California
Rabbi Daniel Plotkin, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Dan Polish, Poughkeepsie, NY
Rabbi Jeffrey Portman, Iowa City, IA
Rabbi Linda Potemken, Wynnewood, PA
Rabbi Amber Powers, Philadelphia, PA

Rabbi Dan Rabishaw, Northbrook, IL
Rabbi Bruce Raff, Woodland Hills, CA
Rabbi Avram I. Reisner, Baltimore, MD
Rabbi Michael Remson, Kenosha, WI
Rabbi Dorothy A. Richman, Berkeley, CA
Rabbi Yair Robinson, Holland, PA
Rabbi Liz Rolle, Stamford, CT
Rabbi Norman Roman, West Bloomfield, MI
Rabbi Jack Romberg, Tallahassee, FL
Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose, Creve Coeur, MO
Rabbi David Rosenn, New York, NY
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, New York, NY
Rabbi Donald B. Rossoff, Morristown, NJ
Rabbi Dennis S. Ross, Worcester, MA
Rabbi Gloria Rubin, Oakland, NJ
Rabbi Sarah Niebuhr Rubin, Keene, NH

Rabbi JB Sacks-Rosen, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Selig Salkowitz, Fair Lawn, NJ
Rabbi Joanna Samuels, New York, NY
Rabbi David Sandmel, Chicago, IL
Rabbi Marty Scharf, Scottsdale, AZ
Rabbi Phil Schechter, Stamford CT
Rabbi Leonard A. Schoolman, New York, NY
Rabbi Bob Schreibman, Lincolnshire, IL
Rabbi Barry Schwartz, Cherry Hill, NJ
Rabbi Allen Secher, Whitefish, MA
Rabbi Ron Segal, Atlanta, GA
Rabbi Allen Selis, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Gerry Serotta, Chevy Chase, MD
Rabbi Ike Serotta, Deerfield, IL
Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro, Longmeadow, MA
Rabbi Mark S. Shapiro, Glenview, IL
Rabbi Richard J. Shapiro Port Washington, NY
Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro, Milwaukee, WI
Rabbi Leonard Sharzer, New York, NY
Rabbi John Sherwood, Oxnard, CA
Rabbi Howard Siegel, Houston, TX
Rabbi Howard Singer, Hinsdale, MA
Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Seattle, WA
Rabbi Suzanne Singer, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Eric J. Siroka, South Bend, IN
Rabbi Eleanor Smith, Evanston, IL
Rabbi David Sofian, Dayton, OH
Rabbi Ruth Sohn, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Myra Soifer, Reno, NV
Rabbi Felicia L. Sol, New York, NY
Rabbi Rav Soloff, Lansdale, PA
Rabbi Eric M. Solomon, Raleigh, NC
Rabbi Jennifer R. Solomon, Raleigh, NC
Rabbi Marla Spanjer, Fort Wayne, IN
Rabbi Bernard Spielman, Boynton Beach, FL
Rabbi Judy Spicehandler, Glencoe, IL
Rabbi Reena Spicehandler, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi David Spitz, Vernon Hills, IL
Rabbi Moishe Steigmann, Mamaroneck, NY
Rabbi Margot Stein, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Ron Stern, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Shira Stern, Marlboro, NJ
Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Kurt Stone, Coral Springs, FL
Rabbi Elliot Strom, Yardley, PA
Rabbi Joshua Strom, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Shira Stutman, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Alvin M. Sugarman, Atlanta, GA
Rabbi Brooks Susman, Freehold, NJ
Rabbi Karen Sussan

Rabbi Susan Talve, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper, Redwood City, CA
Rabbi Joshua S. Taub, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Michael Tayvah, Portland OR
Rabbi Betsy Torop, Largo, FL
Rabbi Abby Treu, New York, NY
Rabbi Leonard B. Troupp, Melville, NY
Rabbi Annie Tucker, Princeton, NJ

Rabbi Brian Walt, West Tisbury, MA
Rabbi Gerry Walter, Cincinnati, OH
Rabbi Andrew Warmflash, Hewlett NY
Rabbi Pamela Wax, Hartsdale NY
Rabbi Joshua Waxman Fort Washington, PA
Rabbi Donald Weber, Marlboro, NJ
Rabbi Michael Weinberg, Evanston, IL
Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, Amherst, MA
Rabbi Martin Weiner, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi David M. Weis, Northfield, NJ
Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Binah Wing Rockford, IL
Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, Chicago, IL
Rabbi Leo R. Wolkow, Homewood, IL

Rabbi Stanley Yedwab, Redmond, WA
Rabbi Ira Youdovin, Chicago, IL

Rabbi Sara Zacharia, Newton Centre, MA
Rabbi Joel H Zaiman, , Baltimore, MD
Rabbi Mary L. Zamore, Westfield, NJ
Rabbi Deborah Zecher, Great Barrington, MA
Rabbi Elaine Zecher, Newton, MA
Rabbi Michael Zedek, Chicago, IL
Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel, Washington, DC
Rabbi Brian Zimmerman, Dallas, TX
Rabbi David Zucker, Aurora, CO
Rabbi Josh Zweiback, Los Altos, CA


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