NYC's Rabbi Kleinbaum Tells LGBT Congregation She Supports Clinton

Talia Benamy, millennial co-chair of J Street NYC, also endorsed Clinton; both women expressed admiration for their coreligionist Sanders.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders applaud before the start of a debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York April 14, 2016.
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Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, spiritual leader of New York City’s large LGBT synagogue Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, came out in support of Hillary Clinton Friday, saying in a Facebook post that "she is our best shot to have a positive influence in the Middle East."

Kleinbaum wrote that while she admires Bernie Sanders, she sometimes felt as though he was running for "Messiah.".

"I want to vote for the best possible President of the U.S.. I am confident that in this time, with these two choices Hillary is that person," Kleinbaum wrote.

Meanwhile, Talia Benamy, millennial co-chair of the New York City chapter of J Street, also endorsed Clinton for the Democratic nomination and ultimately for the presidency in a Facebook post, saying "Hillary is, for me, the best candidate we’ve got if we want to reach a two-state solution, a necessary step in securing Israel’s future."

Turning to Sanders, Benamy wrote "And while Bernie talks a big talk about peace and what needs to be done to make it happen, he once again offers very few specifics for how he might achieve his goals. Admirable though they might be, his ideas are lofty and not grounded in reality."