Rabbi Boteach to Honor a Senator Who Used Nazi Comparisons in Healthcare Debate

May 28, 2015

Ahead of tonight’s “Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala” in New York City, the National Jewish Democratic Council questioned why Rabbi Shmuley Boteach would choose an event intended to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to honor Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential candidate who has previously compared the Affordable Care Act to the Holocaust.

“Seeing as Rabbi Boteach ‘unabashedly says he is perfectly suited to become a major player in politics – maybe even a force in the 2016 presidential race,’ we have some serious concerns about the honors that he and his benefactor, Sheldon Adelson, have chosen to bestow. Sen. Cruz has repeatedly shown that he does not share the values of the vast majority of American Jewish voters, including his stances on marriage equality, women’s rights and climate change. Perhaps Rabbi Boteach has chosen to honor Sen. Cruz due to reports that the event’s co-hosts Sheldon and Miriam Adelson may favor the Texas Republican, or perhaps this will lead to another incident where virtually the entire American Jewish community will speak out against a ‘revolting,’ ‘perverse,’ ‘outrageous,’ ‘sad,’ and ‘abhorrent’ attack by Rabbi Boteach.

“Furthermore, an event honoring Jewish values seems to be a strange place to celebrate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a man who stands opposed to the priorities of the American Jewish community and is surrounded by scandal related to the Bridgegate indictments. Having apologized to Sheldon Adelson for his previous remarks on Israel, it would seem that Gov. Christie may be seeking to impress top Republican donors like Adelson or other Republicans like Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. On a night in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, honoring a far-right senator who has used inappropriate Holocaust rhetoric and a controversial governor is the wrong message to send.”