What does being a proud Jewish Democrat mean to them?

JDCA is asking all 31 Jewish Democrats in Congress the same question: What does being a proud Jewish Democrat mean to you? Read their responses and learn more about the Jewish Democratic leaders in Congress.

This is a personal story to explain why, despite our challenges, I remain so optimistic about this great country. My grandfather, Melvin Glimcher, was the son of refugees from the Russian pogroms. He grew up in Chelsea. He was poor. In 1941, at the age of 17, he tried to join the Marine Corps. His mother dragged him out by the ear and upbraided the recruiting sergeant. He snuck back the next day and got his papers. After assessing his academic performance during basic training, though, the Marine Corps didn’t send him overseas. They sent him to Purdue to study biomedical engineering. At a time when the US was losing the war in the South Pacific, and needed every rifle it could get; at a time when Jews were being mass-murdered in Europe; the US Marine Corps decided that a poor, skinny Jewish kid was pretty smart, and they wanted to see what he might do. He seized that opportunity and became a world-famous biomedical engineer, inventing a better prosthetic limb and pioneering scientific understanding of bone formation. He raised my mom in Brookline. She too has become a scientist, breaking barriers as a woman that he broke as a Jew. There is such goodness and greatness in us as Americans, made better and greater by the Jewish community of this country, and I am confident in our future.
Congressman Jake Auchincloss (MA-04)
Growing up in a Jewish household with strong ties to the Jewish community, I learned to revere a passage from Micah — that instructs us to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. My parents also instilled in me a strong desire to do Tikkun Olam, and find a way to help mend a fractured world. I took these lessons to heart, pursuing a career in law and justice, choosing to run for office, and defending our democracy during a troubled time in the history of our country. My work safeguarding democracy, dismantling systems built on racism and bias, and finding solutions to the climate crisis all stem from these values. And these values compel me to condemn all forms of antisemitism, hatred, and bigotry, wherever I see them. I am very proud of my Jewish heritage, our traditions and values, and the work our community does to build a more just and equitable world for the next generation.
Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-30)
My Jewish faith and values have instilled in me a dedication to public service and equal justice for all. As a proud American Jew, I am guided by my Jewish values to cherish and protect our democracy and fight prejudice and discrimination of any kind. I am honored and privileged to join Congressman Jerry Nadler as the only two Jewish members of the New York delegation and to bear that responsibility honorably.
Congressman Dan Goldman (NY-10)
From supporting and uplifting those who are less fortunate, to protecting democracy and standing up to antisemitism. Fighting for more Holocaust education, to protecting Israel’s right to exist – it is my strong belief that Democratic values and Jewish values are one and the same. As I work to serve my constituents of Broward and Palm Beach Counties, these values will guide me in my service.
Congressman Jared Moskowitz (FL-23)
To me, it means leading with compassion and empathy. As the granddaughter of a man killed in the Holocaust, I have always been committed to alleviating suffering for those on the margins and dedicated to healing divisions. As we see a global rise in authoritarianism, I am reminded of the very real impact hate and fear has had on my family and so many others. I am focused on protecting democracy because I know the dangerous consequences it can have when we turn our backs on maintaining a healthy democratic system. I am proud of my heritage and family history which help me bring a deep sense of social justice to my work every day.
Congresswomen Becca Balint (VT-AL)
Our faith calls us to act in service to others, particularly those most in need. As one of many proud Jewish Democrats in this new 118th Congress, I look forward to serving our country and my region as we put the interests of children and families first.
Congressman Greg Landsman (OH-01)

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