Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hillary and change

VOS IZ NEIAS: (Yiddish: "What's News"): Brooklyn, NY -

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY - Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign descended on Brooklyn, ahead of today's crucial primary, to turn out the Jewish vote. But before they could take to the streets, accompanied by some of the leading figures in the haredi community, they had to modify their approach to appeal to the ultra-Orthodox constituency. First, female campaign staffers had to be sent to the back of the line of marchers so that there would not be any untoward mixing of the sexes. And then volunteers wearing Hebrew Hillary pins removed the blue Stars of David stuck on their signs, lest they be confused with Israeli flags, a definite no-no in the anti-Zionist Satmar enclave. New York politicians and Satmar leaders then walked through the streets of the Williamsburg neighborhood urging residents to back Clinton. "Her track record shows that she has been very good to the Jewish community and that's why we support her," said Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg. He listed her work providing help to large families with special needs and funding to protect Jewish institutions following September 11 among other issues that gained her the community's favor.