Sanders says he is proud to be Jewish, however is ‘not actively concerned’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an interview with The New York Instances forward of the paper’s endorsement of a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders stated he’s “proud to be Jewish” however is “not actively concerned in organized faith.”

“I’m Jewish,” Sanders informed the Instances’ editorial board when requested whether or not he believes in God. “I’m proud to be Jewish. I used to be bar mitzvahed from the Kings Freeway Jewish Heart, a very long time in the past. I’m not actively concerned in organized faith.”


The Instances notes in a remark within the interview that “if elected, he could be the primary Jewish president, and in addition one in all few who’ve brazenly mentioned a disconnect from organized faith.”

The Vermont senator goes on to say that he believes in God and in freedom of faith, contrasting himself with US President Donald Trump, whom Sanders says practices discrimination by proscribing immigration from a variety of Muslim majority international locations.


US President Donald Trump exits Air Pressure One, at Andrews Air Pressure Base, Maryland, January 9, 2020. (Kevin Wolf/AP)


The Instances is publishing its editorial board’s interviews with Democratic candidates forward of its endorsement, which is ready to look on Jan. 19.

Sanders, 78, was for a very long time reluctant to speak about his Jewish heritage throughout his 2016 presidential marketing campaign. A few of his campaigners have made his Jewishness central to his 2020 marketing campaign.

The Instances hyperlinks to an essay he wrote within the left-wing Jewish Currents journal, through which Sanders opens up about his Jewish identification.


Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and his spouse Jane Sanders wave after a marketing campaign rally Tuesday, Could three, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. (AP Picture/Charlie Riedel)


Requested if anybody advises him on non secular issues, Sanders referred to his spouse, Jane.

“My spouse was raised as a Catholic, holds some fairly robust emotions,” he stated.

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