Rockland Orthodox Jews Hold Fundraiser for George Latimer, Looking to Unseat Incumbent Rep. Bowman

By Reuvain Borchardt

George Latimer speaking at the fundraiser

A group of Orthodox Jews from Rockland County held a fundraiser Sunday for George Latimer, the Westchester County executive challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman in the Democratic primary.

Bowman, whose 16th congressional district includes southern Wetschester County and a sliver of the North Bronx, is a member of the House’s far-left “Squad.” His anti-Israel rhetoric since October 7th has led even J Street, a group of Jews with left-wing views on Israel, to pull its endorsement of him.

Latimer, a self-described progressive, holds pro-Israel views and is supported by AIPAC, the major pro-Israel lobby.

The fundraiser was held at the home of Shimi Galandauer in Pomona, in Rockland County. The fundraiser participants were not residents of the 16th district — underscoring the importance of the Bowman-Latimer race to the wider Jewish community as Israel engages in a war with Hamas in Gaza.

Latimer speaking with New Square Mayor Izzy Spitzer
(L) Roberto Williams, regional director for Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office; and (C) former state Sen. Elijah Reichlin-Melnick
New Square Mayor Izzy Spitzer speaking

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