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National Jewish Democratic Council


National Jewish Democratic Council

National Jewish Democratic Council
Abbreviation NJDC
Formation 1990
Type Political, Pro-Israel
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Chairman Greg Rosenabum

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) is a political lobbying organization dedicated to promoting Jewish values within the Democratic Party and the political process.

The NJDC is outspoken in support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, Separation between Church and State (in the US),[1] and pro-choice.[2]

The NJDC engages in voter education efforts and works with secular and Jewish media to promote the Democratic Party and its ideals.

The organization also serves as a resource to candidates throughout the country, helping them understand issues of importance to the Jewish community.

In addition, the NJDC serves as a liberal watchdog on the lawful activities of the religious portion of the Right, acting to raise public awareness about efforts to undermine the wall between church and state. These efforts are in furtherance of a solidly liberal agenda that NJDC promotes.

In 2007, its Annual Washington Conference attracted every major Democratic candidate for president,[3] the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, and several party leaders, including Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.[4]

NJDC worked on the national level to help turn out Jewish voters in the 2004 elections and 2008 elections, provide voter education, and fight against the radical right at every level. NJDC also works to send voter guides and direct mail to targeted Jewish households. In 2004, NJDC targeted 250,000 Jewish households in swing states with an intensive direct mail campaign.


  • Mission 1
  • NJDC leadership 2
  • 2008 election 3
  • Barack Obama Presidency 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Founded in 1990, the National Jewish Democratic Council is the national voice of Jewish Democrats. Informed by its commitment to those values shared by the Democratic Party and the vast majority of American Jews - including the separation of church and state, a strong US-Israel relationship, and reproductive freedom - NJDC's singular set of priorities includes:[5]

  • Educating Jewish voters about the very real differences between their Democratic and Republican candidates for elected office through special reports and voter guides. NJDC has distributed more than 250,000 informational guides to Jewish households in recent election cycles.
  • Informing candidates for public office about the need to address and support issues of concern to the Jewish community.
  • Advocating on behalf of Jewish and Democratic ideals on Capitol Hill and in Jewish and national media.
  • Fighting the radical right agenda at every turn through research and reports, grassroots advocacy, working directly with lawmakers in Washington, and educating journalists.
  • Engaging and cultivating a new generation of young Jewish Democratic leaders by replicating the Washington-based Young Leadership program in other major cities, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Cleveland and South Florida.
  • Expanding Jewish awareness of critical legislative activity through quarterly and biweekly publications, as well as Breakfast Roundtables and Domestic Issues Forums featuring congressional and executive branch leaders.

NJDC leadership

  • Senator Ben Cardin, Honorary Chair
  • Senator Ron Wyden, Honorary Chair
  • Greg Rosenbaum, Chair, Bethesda, MD
  • Stephen Bittel, Vice-Chair, Miami, FL
  • Steve Rabinowitz, Vice-Chair, Washington, DC
  • Marc Winkelman, Vice Chair, Austin, TX
  • Sheldon Cohen, Secretary, Washington, DC
  • Sunita Leeds, Treasurer, Washington, DC

2008 election

In October 2008, the NJDC held a conference in Washington DC at which then Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden was the keynote speaker. Other notable speakers included Al Franken and Governor Howard Dean.

It was noted that "In 2008, the NJDC trained nearly 100 surrogates to speak around country, according to Forman, ran newspaper ad campaigns in pivotal swing states, sent 350,000 targeted pieces of mail to Jewish households, dropped 35,000 pieces of literature in key Jewish neighborhoods and ran Internet and Google word search campaigns".[6]

In an article written on November 9, 2008, it was mentioned that "American Jewish voters have once again overwhelmingly supported the Democratic presidential nominee" and that "with Obama's victory, we selected a candidate who shares the values of the vast majority of American Jews, including the separation of church and state, a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, and reproductive freedom".[7]

During the final days of the 2008 presidential campaign, an article came out explaining that the "National Jewish Democratic Council is sending out more than 350,000 mailers to Jewish households in key swing states, re-asserting the Democratic nominees stance on a number of issues". This article includes many fliers put out by the NJDC in order to inform voters about Barack Obama and Joe Biden's positions on Israel relations.[8]

[9] In 2008, exit polls showed that Barack Obama received 78% of the Jewish vote.[10]

Barack Obama Presidency

The NJDC has shown approval for the

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ "Separation of Church and State". National Jewish Democratic Council. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  2. ^ "NJDC Welcomes Defeat of Senate Amendment Restricting Abortion Coverage". National Jewish Democratic Council. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  3. ^ "All major Dems to appear at NJDC con". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2007-04-13. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  4. ^ "NJDC's First Annual Conference". The Philadelphia Jewish Voice. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  5. ^ NJDC website
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