Friend,
It was another busy week in the world of Jewish Democratic politics here in Michigan! As the House intelligence Committee continued its public impeachment hearings into President Trump, across the Atlantic, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was formally indicted for bribery, public corruption, and breach of trust, while a New Jersey man was indicted for masterminding the vandalism on the historic Temple Jacob in the Upper Peninsula in September.

On Thursday, I kicked off my listening tour, soliciting great feedback and insight from several members of the caucus and community. We also attended a truly inspiring Hanukkah-Diwali event with Sen. Jeremy Moss and Rep. Padma Kuppa.


 Please remember to RSVP for our upcoming Hanukkah pary  with Rep. Andy Levin, as it is fast approaching! As always, please read until the end of this newsletter, as it contains several important dates and updates!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Noah Arbit
Founder and Chair, Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus
December 8 (Sunday)
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"[Governor] Whitmer is not responsible for [foreign policy], said Noah Arbit, chairman of the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus.

“Anyone who is trying to score political points about the trip isn’t really focused on what she’s there to do," Arbit added.

Whitmer is [in Israel] to advance the interests of Michigan and strengthen business ties, Arbit said. He called Whitmer a "great supporter of the Jewish community." 
Continue reading in the Detroit News

Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus Statement on Israeli Settlement Expansion, Two-State Solution

The Executive Board of the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus responded to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s reversal of long-standing, bipartisan U.S. policy disincentivizing continued settlement expansion in the West Bank. Continue reading our statement

 

MDJC Chair Lauds Federal Indictment in Case of Synagogue Vandalism at Temple Jacob in Hancock

“I am relieved and grateful to hear of the arrest and indictment of a suspect this week in the case of September’s antisemitic vandalism at Temple Jacob in Hancock. I visited Temple Jacob in late September, shortly after the vandalism occurred, and heard from residents of the Upper Peninsula about their sadness and outrage upon hearing of this act of hate. Continue reading statement

 

Far right network orchestrated Midwest synagogue attacks, FBI says

Richard Tobin of New Jersey directed group’s members hundreds of miles away to deface synagogues in Hancock, Michigan and Racine, Wisconsin. Continue reading in The Guardian

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was formally indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust Thursday. This is the latest development in a nearly three-year-long legal drama that could topple Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, who is already struggling to keep his seat amid a polarizing election impasse. So… what happens next?" Continue reading in the Washington Post

 

 

What Lt. Col. Vindman’s critics get wrong about Jews who fled the Soviet Union

"Accusing someone of split loyalties is a long-standing xenophobic and anti-Semitic trope. In this particular case, the accusation misunderstands the underlying reality that Soviet Jewish immigrants like Vindman are more likely to vote Republican and support Trump than the average American. They are unlikely to feel attached or be “simpatico” toward the ex-Soviet country of their birth." Continue reading in the Washington Post

 

Fiona Hill says Soros conspiracy theories are 'new Protocols of the Elders of Zion'

Fiona Hill, a former top Russia analyst for the White House, said during her testimony on Thursday that conspiracy theories linked to billionaire philanthropist George Soros were anti-Semitic, likening them to "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." Continue reading in the Hill

Leaders from Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties, as well as the city of Detroit, are pushing a bill to revise the Municipal Partnership Act (MPA) of 2011 with the goal of getting a three-county regional transit plan on the 2020 ballot. Continue reading in the Michigan Advance

(L-R) MDJC Finance Vice Chair Miriam Imerman, MDJC Oakland County Chair Ariana Mentzel, Sen. Jeremy Moss, MDJC Chair Noah Arbit, Rep. Padma Kuppa, and MDJC member Debbie Rosenman.

The Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus had a strong showing at Thursday night's Hanukkah-Diwali Fireside Chat event at Congregation Shir Tikvah sponsored by the JCRC/AJC and HAF. State Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) and State Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) spoke about how their faith and belonging to minority communities affects their politics and approach to public service. A truly moving and inspiring event.

    

    

    


The Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus is the voice of Jewish Michiganders within the Democratic Party - dedicated to standing up for Michigan’s Jewish community, combating antisemitism, and electing Democrats who share our values. In addition to providing financial and organizational support to endorsed candidates through our state and federal PACs, we work to increase Jewish representation in Michigan politics, strengthen the link between Michigan’s Jews and Democrats through strong communications and public events, and advocate for progressive policies that benefit all Michiganders.


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