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by Max Slutsky, Jewish Outreach Coordinator on August 21, 2012

Obama for America Launches Rabbis for Obama

Obama for America today announced the launch of Rabbis for Obama, a campaign initiative to engage and mobilize grassroots supporters. This group of over 613 rabbis - more than double the number of when Rabbis for Obama launched in 2008 – from across the country and across all Jewish denominations recognize that the President has been and will continue to be an advocate and ally on issues important to the American Jewish community. That is why they are committed to re-electing President Obama and actively doing their part to move our country forward.

"This list of rabbis represents a broad group of respected Jewish leader from all parts of the country. These rabbis mirror the diversity of American Jewry. Their ringing endorsement of President Obama speaks volumes about the President's deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel and his dedication to a policy agenda that represents the values of the overwhelming majority of the American Jewish community," said Ira Forman who is the Jewish Outreach Director for the campaign.

They are proud of the President's record and leadership in restoring long term growth of middle class jobs, ensuring that quality education and health care are more accessible and affordable and standing up for a woman's right to choose. The President believes that we are all in it together, and is committed to fighting for policies that give every American, no matter their background, the opportunity to succeed.

Leading these efforts will be Rabbis Sam Gordon and Steven Bob, who were the founding co-chairs of Rabbis for Obama in 2008, and Rabbi Burt Visotzky, a vice chair for the campaign in 2008. Haaretz named Gordon and Bob among 36 Jews who shaped the 2008 U.S. election. Gordon leads the Chicago-area synagogue Sukkat Shalom and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Bob serves as the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim. Visotzky, a Conservative rabbi for 35 years, was named one of "America's Top 50 Rabbis for 2012" by The Daily Beast, as well as among the Forward 50 Jewish leaders. For more information and to join the growing list, please visit barackobama.com/rabbis.

Rabbis for Obama Co-Chairs*
Rabbi Steven Bob (Glen Ellyn, Illinois)
Rabbi Sam Gordon (Wilmette, Illinois)
Rabbi Burt Visotzky (New York, NY)
Rabbis for Obama Vice Chairs*
Rabbi Lauren Berkun (Miami, FL)
Rabbi Elliot Dorff (Los Angeles, CA)
Rabbi Dayle Friedman (Philadelphia, PA)
Rabbi Pamela Frydman (San Francisco, CA)
Rabbi David Horowitz (Akron, OH)
Rabbi Ben Kelsen (Teaneck, NJ)
Rabbi Charles Kroloff (Westfield, NJ)
Rabbi Richard Levy (Los Angeles, CA)
Rabbi Rachel Mikva (Chicago, IL)
Rabbi Charles Simon (New York, NY)
Rabbi David Teutsch (Philadelphia, PA)
Rabbi Martin Weiner (San Francisco, CA)
*Rabbis for Obama represent themselves and do not reflect the views of any affiliated organizations.
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