Clinton urges Jews to aim for their ‘best selves’ in get out the vote call

Ron Kampeas

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton delivering opening remarks during a meeting with law enforcement officials at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in New York City, Aug. 18, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary Clinton spoke with Jewish supporters in a Rosh Hashanah-themed get out the vote call, urging them to help her build “a country consistent with our best selves.”

“The High Holy Days are a time to reflect on the last year take a hard look at personal and collective priorities and ask ourselves how we can do better in the year ahead,” the Democratic nominee said on a call that her campaign reached 1,000 supporters. “To build a country that is consistent with our best selves, a country that is big enough for everyone.”

Clinton did not mention her rival, Republican nominee Donald Trump, but her campaign’s pitch to the Jewish community has emphasized Trump’s broadsides against immigrants and minorities and his disparaging references to some women.

Clinton also spoke of her meeting earlier this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying she told him that she would always “stand up for Israel’s security and continue to work for peace.” Netanyahu also met with Trump.

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Clinton expressed her sadness in the ten-minute call at the death this week of Shimon Peres, and noted her husband, former President Bill Clinton, would join the delegation to the funeral for the former Israeli prime minister and president, led by President Barack Obama. She closed her remarks with “Shana Tova”.

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld opened the call casting the responsibility to vote as a religious one.

“The choices we each make in these coming weeks will not only determine how we personally are inscribed in the book of life this year but will effect people around the world for many years to come,” Schonfeld said. “We are with you Secretary Clinton because the Jewish community knows that we are always stronger together.”

“I’m with her” and “Stronger together” are Clinton campaign slogans. Schonfeld, who is the secutive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, spoke in a personal capacity.

The Clinton campaign’s chief Jewish outreach official, Sarah Bard, closed the call with a an appeal for volunteers to register voters, to man phone banks and to door knock.