Seventy-three percent of the American Jewish community votes Democratic. President Donald Trump is attempting to tweet-shame all Jews into supporting him.
Over the course of the past months, I have presented custom campaign kippahs to Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar. Based on my conversations, there are two ways liberal Jews in Cleveland and Columbus can resist and protest, while showing our Jewishness.
Back in 1965, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel presented 1,000 yarmulkes to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for his freedom fighters to march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. King called these freedom caps and showed a sign of humility for the marchers. Might I suggest you reach out to your African American and Muslim neighbors to commemorate the anniversary of King’s “I have a dream” speech on Aug. 28 and his birthday on Jan 18, 2021.
The second theme is to promote Jewish women’s reproductive rights by wearing pink yarmulkes as a fashion statement on the streets, at work and in synagogue. Gillibrand loved this idea.
Together, we can make yarmulkes for Reform Jews great again.