Ted Cruz courts New York Jewish voters, bakes matzah

Ted Cruz. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com.

(JNS.org) GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) visited a Chabad-Lubavitch bakery in Brooklyn on Thursday in an effort to woo Orthodox Jewish voters in New York ahead of that state's April 19 primary election.

Cruz was guided by Rabbi Moshe Winner of Chabad Neshoma Center and other Jewish community leaders as he tried to bake matzah at the Chabad Model Matzah Bakery in Brighton Beach with a group of children. In remarks about the upcoming Passover holiday, which commemorates the liberation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt, Cruz said he knows the story of the Exodus and has attended several Passover seder dinners in the past.

“It’s hole-y matzo,” Cruz joked when observing that a rolled matzah had many holes.

Cruz also said he is committed to protecting religious freedom in the United States.

“We are fortunate to enjoy tremendous support in the Jewish community here in New York and across the country,” he told Jewish Insider. “I think that’s the result of having built a long record fighting to strengthen our relationship with the nation of Israel and fighting to defend religious liberty.”

Cruz stressed that his support for Israel is “the right thing to do so,” and that he “would be grateful if it also earned the support of many people in New York and elsewhere.”

Cruz’s next campaign stop, on Friday, was a meeting with up to 150 Russian-American Jews in Brighton Beach, confirmed the Russian American Jewish Experience, JP Updates reported.

Posted on April 8, 2016 .