Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Newtown Rabbi Running For Open Seat In Congress

A rabbi who served in Newtown, Conn. during the deadly school shooting there in 2012 is running for Congress.

Rabbi Shaul Praver, who served at Congregation Adath Israel in Newtown from 2002 to 2015, said in the press release announcing his candidacy that he was “a bold, progressive candidate running as a Democrat.”

““When I was called to the Sandy Hook firehouse to counsel the families whose children and loved ones were murdered, I answered the call; when I was called to advocate for sane gun laws in Hartford, I answered the call,” he wrote.

In the days after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which led to the deaths of 26 students and teachers, Praver comforted mourning families, and officiated the funeral of six-year-old victim Noah Pozner. Praver later advocated for gun control laws.

Praver currently works as a prison chaplain for the state’s Department of Correction. He is running in Connecticut’s 5th District to replace Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who said she would not run for reelection after being criticized for her handling of abuse allegations against her chief of staff.

Praver told the Connecticut Mirror that he was running because Congress needs “somebody with a sense of integrity and devotion to the people who you serve.”

While Praver currently lives outside the 5th district, he told the Mirror that it would not be an issue because “my entire career has been in Newtown,” which is in the district. Members of Congress are not required to live in the district that they represent.

Praver would be the first rabbi elected to Congress.

Contact Aiden Pink at [email protected]


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.