Va'ad Harabonim of Flatbush, led by Rabbi Herbert Bomzer, gives nod to Bloomberg. Bomzer urged DA to drop Mondrowitz case, leave Mondrowitz free in Israel.
Elizabeth benjamin, NY Daily News
First the head of the Christian Cultural Center, now the Vaad Harabbonim of Flatbush Political Action Committee.
Never let it be said that Mayor Bloomberg (who is, in case you were unsure, Jewish) lacks for cross-denominational appeal.
The 80-rabbi board of the Vaad, considered the world's largest local Orthodox rabbinical body (according to the mayor's campaign), voted to endorse Bloomberg for re-election last night.
"To know what our future will be, we might take a look at our past. In nearly eight years, we have experienced safer streets, more access to quality healthcare and other vital services for our elderly and children,” said Vaad President Rabbi Herbert Bomzer and Executive VP Rabbi Melvin Burg, who chairs the PAC.
“No one has been more dedicated to bridging communities, including the Jewish community, and understanding them then our current Mayor. It is because of the strength and support that he has given the community that the Vaad Harabbonim of Flatbush is proud to endorse Mayor Mike Bloomberg for re-election."
The campaign says that the Vaad serves some 250,000 Jews, which is a pretty significant number.
But a reader who has far more insight than me into Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn questioned the clout of this particular group when it comes to the question of how many votes it actually might be able to control (hence the re-writing of this paragraph).
Like the Rev. A.R. Bernard, who announced his support of the mayor last weekend - his first endorsement of the 2009 campaign - these rabbis also backed Bloomberg in 2005.….
UPDATE: Another reader notes that this endorsement vote rather ironically took place on the same night that Bloomberg was at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center dinner, reaffirming his support of gay marriage.
...which isn't exactly the kind of thing Orthodox Jewish rabbis look kindly upon.