United States midterm elections are coming up this November and our political atmosphere continues to challenge.

I have long maintained that our mission is to build and maintain a strong and UNITED Jewish community, and we have very little to gain by getting involved in politics. Well, I learned this week that not only do we have little to gain, but quite a bit to lose.

Our national office hosted a webinar on the dangers of a 501(c)3 non-profit getting involved in politics, with the most egregious act being the endorsement of a political candidate. Accordingly, we will not be endorsing any candidates. Also, we will not speak disparagingly about any of the candidates. We will not host speaking engagements with candidates.

Jews have long been involved in American politics and this article should in no way be seen as an attempt to stifle those activities. In fact, at an absolute minimum, I encourage everyone to vote. Be active; support your candidates; publicize your issues. As an organization, Jewish Federation will be sitting on the sidelines throughout the election season getting ready to work with any and all elected officials for the betterment of our communities.

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