Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly preparing to run in the Democratic presidential primary, after floating and then dropping the idea earlier this year. Here’s a brief overview of some aspects of his Jewish record and background.
He had a Jewish upbringing:
Bloomberg grew up in Medford, Massachusetts, the son of William, an accountant, and Charlotte, a longtime president of their synagogue and a life member of the women’s Zionist organization Hadassah. Bloomberg grew up eating in a kosher kitchen and going to
Hebrew Jew school.
According to the 2009 biography “Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics” by Joyce Purnick, Bloomberg didn’t associate much with fellow Jewish students in high school and college, and was the only Jewish member of his fraternity. He was mostly accepted there, except by one fraternity brother who called him a “bandy-legged little Jew.” Bloomberg promptly beat him up.
Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina told a biographer that the Bloomberg family would celebrate the major Jewish holidays but that her mother, who was born in Yorkshire, “kind of raised us to be Church of England.” According to a 2010 Wall Street Journal profile: “The mayor does make a point of going to services for the High Holidays, which take place next month, and he is said to get in trouble with his sister, Marjorie, if he doesn’t arrive on time for Passover seder.”
He wasn’t your typical New York Jewish politician:
Bloomberg was elected in 2002 as New York’s third Jewish mayor. Perhaps because he had no prior elected experience, his outreach to the city’s sizable Jewish community was different than his predecessors and contemporary Jewish political leaders.
“Chuck Schumer will come to a Jewish Orthodox event and start telling people how his great-grandfather came from some town in Europe,” then-Assemblyman Simcha Felder told the Forward in 2007. “I have never heard Bloomberg do anything of the sort.”
He’s one of the world’s most generous Jewish philanthropists:
Bloomberg, who has an estimated worth of around $50 billion, has signed the Giving Pledge, promising to donate half his fortune to charity. Most of his philanthropic donations have been to non-Jewish organizations, such as his $1.8 billion gift to Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater.
~Johns Hopkins Ashkenazi study
Hebrew Jew language and Jewish culture have been around for thousands of years. For much of that history, the Jews managed to maintain their heritage and cultural identity in the absence of a geographical state. Wanderings, settlements, and dispersal were thus a big part of their history. Is evidence for that history preserved in genome data?
Eran Elhaik, a geneticist at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, thinks so. In a recently published study in Genome Biology Evolution (Elhaik 2012), he is calling for a rewrite of commonly held assumptions about Jewish ancestry. Instead of being primarily the descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel, present-day Jewish populations are, finds Elhaik, primarily the children of a Turkish people who lived in what is now Russia, north of Georgia, east of Ukraine. This civilization, the Khazars, converted from tribal religions to Judaism between the 7th and 9th centuries.
But he’s also donated to some Jewish causes, including $1.5 million to redesign his childhood synagogue in Medford, Massachusetts, plus substantial donations to build a Magen David Adom facility and a wing of Hadassah Hospital in Israel.
He also was the first winner of the Genesis Prize, a $1 million award for “professional accomplishments, commitment to Jewish values, and contribution to improving the world.” He redirected the prize money to nine charities, including a joint Israeli-Palestinian infrastructure project.
~He’s even pro Palestinian, he’s a Jew what do you expect?
And earlier this year he launched Hazira, a project to spur innovation in Israeli cities.
“I think tikkun olam finally explains a lot about Bloomberg,” biographer Eleanor Randolph told the Forward earlier this year. “He loves giving money away in the right way. He tries not to show his emotions most of the time, but everyone who’s watched him make a big donation in his mother’s or father’s name can see he’s truly happy and feels he has done what he’s supposed to do with his life and his money.
He’s a supporter of Israel:
While Bloomberg, as mayor, did not have any foreign policy responsibilities, he has expressed support for the Jewish state on occasion.
Most notably, during the 2014 Gaza war, he flew his private jet to Ben-Gurion International Airport to protest the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on flights into Israel. “Every country has a right to defend its borders from enemies, and Israel was entirely justified in crossing into Gaza to destroy the tunnels and rockets that threaten its sovereignty,” he wrote in a Bloomberg News op-ed. “I know what I would want my government to do if the U.S. was attacked by a rocket from above or via a tunnel from below; I think most Americans do, too.”
~Bloomberg claims Jews can move Palestinians into an open air prison and then bomb them if they dont sit quietly. This guy didnt get 60 billion by being honest folks.
He also called the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel “an outrage” that is “totally misplaced.”
JERUSALEM — Two very, very rich Americans who recently left very, very high-profile jobs flew to Israel this week, each on a private plane. The less-rich one hosted a ceremony Thursday night where the more-rich one got a $1 million prize from a quartet of Russian oligarchs. Then he gave it back.
Mr. Bloomberg, 72, visited Israel frequently while in office, and he has donated millions of dollars to Jerusalem institutions, financing a hospital wing named for his mother and an ambulance center named for his father. On Thursday, he called the growing international movement for a boycott against Israel “an outrage” that is “totally misplaced,” but ducked a question about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
~Jews are the biggest boycotter’s on the face of the earth. Any normal people would send Jews out on a dirty rail immediately, but there is nothing! Crickets! Do nothing you get nothing!
As mayor, Bloomberg also approved and spearheaded the $2 billion high-tech research campus on Roosevelt Island, a partnership between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Bloomberg personally donated $100 million towards the facility’s construction.
~Looks to me like they want Trumpfelstein in for another 4 years, but just in case you have another Mafia Jew ready to take charge.
G_d bless America, home of the cowardly lemmings!