The magnitude of the Women’s March on Washington took Jewish participants, like many others, by surprise. Organized groups of Jewish protestors had planned to meet on a street corner not far from the rally’s staging point and march together with the rest of the huge throng.9
On the long walk to the New York City Women’s March with the Upper West Side Jewish contingent, it was hard to find someone who had been to a protest rally in the past decade.5
For observant Jews, the protest, planned for a Saturday, posed particular challenges.
“I am here because Women’s rights are humans rights,” said Rachel, 59, (left), who came to the Washington, D.C. march with a big group of Jewish women.36
Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, tipped with a promise to put “America First,” was a verbal shrug to Jewish groups who pointed out its anti-Semitic connotations. But most leaders in Jewish organizations were cautious in their response to Trump’s Friday address.18
President Donald Trump has many Jewish supporters, but they are very different from previous presidencies’s Jewish Republican backers, who cherished the notion that the United States plays a special leadership role.13
Jewish casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam Adelson, have great seats at Donald Trump’s inauguration.7
An Orthodox rabbi, Yehuda Glick stood on the altar and read, “a prayer for all kings, and especially the king of the United States of America.”15
As a candidate he was shunned by most of the Jewish community, yet Trump has surrounded himself with a small but loyal group of Jewish supporters, donors and confidants.
While some participants may carry pro-Palestinian signs, Jewish partners made sure the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not part of the rally’s platform16
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