Romney campaign moves Jerusalem fundraiser to day after Tisha b’Av

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Mitt Romney fundraiser in Jerusalem was changed to the day after Tisha b’Av.

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A new invitation sent this week now lists the fundraiser as taking place Monday morning at the King David Hotel. Romney’s campaign had come under fire from some religious Jews for calling the fundraiser for Sunday night, although it had been timed for 9:30 p.m., more than an hour after the completion of the fast commemorating the destruction of the ancient Jewish Temples.

Romney at the fundraiser will confer with donors for two hours and pose for photographs. On the original date, his appearance was planned to have lasted 45 minutes.

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major donor to Republican campaigns as well as Jewish causes, reportedly will make an appearance at the event, which is tagged at $50,000 a donor or a minimum of $100,000 raised.

Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who has been tapped by the Romney campaign as a surrogate to Jewish voters, was touring South Florida on Thursday, where he was appearing at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in Miami, among other venues.

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