Jewish Journal


June 24, 2008

World Jewish Congress moves to the Capitol


I reported after the 2006 November election that the number of Jews in Congress had reached an all-time high: 30 members in the House and a whopping 13 in the Senate.

“Jews are just political animals,” said Steven Windmueller, dean of the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

“Politics sort of is the Jewish religion,” he added. “There is just such a passion for being in the game, in the process. Jewish life thrives in societies where democracies work, and that is why there is such a heavy buy-in into the American political process.”

Now, Haaretz‘s Shmuel Rosner writes that Jewish representation could climb even higher this fall.

It is a silly question, I know that. Only fellow obsessive-Jew-counters will understand the temptation to try and predict whether the 2008 Congress will break the record number of Jewish legislators that was established in the 2006 election cycle.

But here we are, doing exactly that.

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