The joke goes that President Barack Obama is this country’s first Jewish president, but Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton seems to hope to claim that crown for herself.
In a brief phone call she placed Thursday to 1,000 or so Jewish machers, she wished everyone a “shana tova” and spoke personally about her friend, the late President Shimon Peres.
“When he spoke, to me it was like listening to a psalm, and I loved sitting and listening to him whether it was about Israel, the nation he loved and did so much to defend, or about peace or just about life itself,” recalled Clinton, adding that her husband Bill Clinton is in Israel to attend the funeral and represent them both.
Clinton called in from Florida, where Jews are among those registering people, manning phone banks and canvassing door-to-door to help get out the vote. The head of Jewish outreach for the Clinton campaign, Sarah Branch, urged the Jewish community to keep up that work.