Dan Goldman Gets Endorsement of Boro Park Community Leaders

By Reuvain Borchardt

BORO PARK — Congressional candidate Dan Goldman received the support of more than two dozen Boro Park Chassidic groups and yeshivas on Tuesday, sweeping the endorsements in the neighborhood’s heavily Orthodox Jewish community.

“There is only one candidate who has the qualifications and understanding to represent the Boro Park residents in Washington,” reads the Yiddish endorsement letter. “It is critically important for our community to have a representative in Washington who will stand on our side and represent our interests with devotion and understanding.”

The letter was signed by leaders of Chassidic groups including Bobov-45, both Satmar sects, Klausenberg, Belz and Ger, and yeshivas including Bais Yaakov, The Cheder, Yagdil Torah and Mevakshei Hashem.

Bobov, Boro Park’s largest Chassidic group, also signed the letter, though it had already released its own endorsement of Goldman on Sunday.

A dozen Democrats are competing for the open seat in the 10th District, which includes all of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods including Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, and Boro Park below 14th Avenue. Goldman is considered the most moderate of the half-dozen viable candidates. Goldman, 46, has taken a pro-business stance, is a supporter of Israel, and has ties to the religious community, with a wife who is Modern Orthodox.

Goldman was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for 10 years before prosecuting the first impeachment trial of then-President Donald Trump. An heir to the Levi Strauss fortune, he has spent vast sums of his personal funds in the race. A poll released Monday by Emerson College/PIX 11/The Hill shows Goldman leading the field with 22% support, followed by Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou at 17 percent, with Rep. Mondaire Jones and Councilwoman Carlina Rivera both at 13 percent.

In its endorsement Sunday, Bobov community leader Rabbi Joel Rosenfeld said, “With NY-10 being a progressive-leaning district, all top-tier candidates have strong progressive stances, but one of them stood out as someone who our community can work with, and benefit from, once elected to Congress. Dan Goldman has strong Orthodox Jewish family ties, understands our needs and is a strong supporter of the Orthodox Jewish community.”

Goldman also received the endorsement Monday of Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, the lone Orthodox elected official to have made an endorsement in the race. Eichenstein said Goldman “keenly understands the needs of our community and most importantly respects the beautiful diversity and mosaic that is New York City, which includes the Orthodox Jewish community.”

Primary Day is August 23. Early voting has already begun.


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