Even before John McCain and the GOP scaled back on this week’s Republican National Convention, there weren’t nearly as many public events geared toward Jewish voters on the schedule as the Democrats held last week in Denver. Republicans have been hoping to win over Jewish voters. The lack of events targeting Jewish or Israel issues may simply reflect the fact that the vast majority of Jewish voters have historically supported Democratic candidates.
Here’s most of what’s on the table now. This could all change given the uncertainty caused by Gustav pummeling the Gulf Coast. We’ll add more as they become known.
Monday, September 1 American Jewish Committee and Jewish Community Relations Council host a discussion on achieving energy independence.
American Jewish Committee reception for diplomatic corps
Tuesday, September 2
American Jewish Committee and Jewish Community Relations Council host a discussion on advancing the Indian-Jewish relationship.
Roundtable Discussion with RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks on “The GOP and Issues Effecting the Jewish Community”
Salute to GOP Governors
Wednesday, Sept. 3
American Jewish Committee and Jewish Community Relations Council host a discussion on issues for a growing Latino-Jewish coalition.
Thursday, September 4
American Jewish Committee and Jewish Community Relations Council host a discussion on America and the quest for Middle East peace and security.
Salute to Pro-Israel Elected Officials
Senator Joseph Lieberman, a staunch McCain supporter and the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, was scheduled to speak during Monday night’s program that’s been scrapped. It’s unclear whether he and other canceled speakers will be rescheduled.
Democrat Barack Obama is set tonight to make history by becoming the first African-American presidential nominee of a major political party.
Hours earlier Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, will do his part to make history as the first rabbi to deliver the invocation on the night of a nominee’s acceptance speech.
Saperstein will take the stage at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium sometime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Senior Obama campaign officials and Jewish communal leaders say it was no accident that a rabbi was asked to do the invocation. The campaign has made a big push to win over Jewish voters and also appear religiously inclusive.
When we asked for a preview of his message, Saperstein promised to send us a text message at 3 a.m. just as Obama’s campaign did to announce his vice presidential running-mate selection.
“I’m still working on what to say and I probably will until the last minute,” he said earlier in the week.