Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton? Breaking Down the Jewish Celebrity Vote

The all-important race for Jewish celebrity endorsements is just as close as the Democratic primary race. Here’s a breakdown of where things stand.

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Lena Dunham and Sarah Silverman
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Gabe Friedman
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JTA - Chalk it up to “Hollywood values.”

The entertainment industry famously, or infamously, depending on your perspective, leans Democratic. And Jewish celebrities are no exception.

With the 2016 Iowa caucuses kicking off the presidential primary season on Monday, pollsters have Democratic candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., neck and neck in the state.

The all-important race for Jewish celebrity endorsements is close too. Here’s a breakdown of where things stand.

TEAM HILLARY

Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail in South Carolina, October 31, 2015. The Palestinians know she's not fighting for them.Credit: Reuters

Lena Dunham

Actress Lena Dunham, of the comedy series "Girls,"appears at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September 2012.
Actress Lena Dunham, of the comedy series "Girls, "at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September 2012.Credit: Reuters

The “Girls” creator and star is one of Clinton’s most outspoken supporters. In addition to lending a hand on the campaign trail, Dunham interviewed the former secretary of state-former New York senator-former first lady last fall in an attempt to boost her appeal among younger voters.

Steven Spielberg

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg in Washington D.C., Dec. 7, 2014.Credit: AP

The famed director has donated $1 million to Clinton’s current campaign. Back in 2000, it was rumored that Spielberg lent his Trump Tower corporate apartment to Clinton while she was running for the senate — and that he gave her “likeability” lessons.

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, Jan. 8, 2016.
J.J. AbramsCredit: AP

The “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director and his wife each donated $500,000 to Clinton super PAC Priorities USA last June.

“[Hillary] does have the experience and the politics. She is compassionate, and right. When I look at the people who need the support that aren’t necessarily getting it, I believe that she would provide that,” Abrams told The Daily Beast on Monday.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand performing in Jaffa on June 20, 2013. Credit: Reuters

“Babs” proclaimed her support on Twitter as soon as Clinton launched her campaign last June.

Amy Schumer

Amy and Charles Schumer stand together for gun control at a news conference in New York. Aug 3, 2015Credit: AP

The comedian and “Trainwreck” creator and star joked last fall that Clinton did not sound thrilled when she offered to help on the campaign trail — but she did offer.

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman.Credit: Myles Aronowitz

“Rain Man” predicted Clinton would be the next president all the way back in 2012.

Abbi Jacobson

Abbi Jacobson.
Abbi Jacobson.Credit: Bloomberg

The co-creator and co-star of Comedy Central’s quirky hit “Broad City” showed her Clinton pride on Instagram well before it was announced last month that the former First Lady would appear in an episode of the show’s upcoming third season.

TEAM BERNIE

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.Credit: AP

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman.Credit: AP

The comedian and actress had some kind words for Sanders when she introduced him at a campaign rally last August.

“Where other candidates are getting gigantic sums of money from billionaires in exchange for compromising favors, Bernie is not for sale,” Silverman said to a large crowd.

Simon and Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel perform at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2009.Credit: AP

The folk legends allowed the Sanders campaign to use their song “America” in a recent campaign ad. Paul Simon did not comment on the ad, but Art Garfunkel told The New York Times that he is a “Bernie guy.”

“I like that Bernie is very upset by the gap between the rich and the poor,” Garfunkel said. “I think that’s central.”

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield in Iowa, Jan. 2016.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield in Iowa, Jan. 2016.Credit: Bloomberg

The Ben & Jerry’s co-founders are from Burlington, Vermont — which means they have been Sanders constituents for over 30 years as he has gone from mayor to representative to senator. The ice cream mavens, who are now out on the campaign trail, gave out free ice cream at Sanders’ campaign launch last spring.

If that wasn’t enough, Cohen recently created 40 pints of a special Bernie Sanders ice cream flavor — which has a chocolate disk on top of a tub of mint ice cream meant to represent the “1 percent.” By breaking up the disk, ice cream eaters symbolically join Bernie in his crusade to the redistribute the wealth.

Ezra Koenig

Bernie Sanders and Ezra Koenig at the University of Iowa, Jan. 30, 2016.
Bernie Sanders and Ezra Koenig at the University of Iowa, Jan. 30, 2016.Credit: AP

Koenig, the singer of New York indie band Vampire Weekend, performed this past weekend at a Sanders event the University of Iowa. Sanders even got on stage to sing when the musicians played “This Land is Your Land.”

“I think there’s something so cool about Bernie running as a Democrat, a guy who was the only Independent in the house for a long time, the only Independent in the senate, a guy who kind of comes from an outside structure,” Koenig told CNN afterwards.

Jeremy Piven

The “Entourage” star praised Sanders for his “straight talk” in a Facebook post last summer.

Zoe Kravitz

Kravitz is the daughter of two half-black, half-Jewish celebrities: rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. She signed an endorsement letter along with 127 other artists and celebrities who back Sanders — from Will Ferrell to rapper Killer Mike — last fall.

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