National Jewish Democratic Council

National Jewish Democratic Council
Abbreviation NJDC
Formation 1990
Type Political, Pro-Israel
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
  • United States
Greg Rosenbaum

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) is a political lobbying organization dedicated to promoting Jewish values within the Democratic Party and the political process.

The NJDC is outspoken in support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, Separation between Church and State (in the US),[1] and pro-choice.[2]

The NJDC engages in voter education efforts and works with secular and Jewish media to promote the Democratic Party and its ideals.

The organization also serves as a resource to candidates throughout the country, helping them understand issues of importance to the Jewish community.

In addition, the NJDC serves as a liberal watchdog on the lawful activities of the religious portion of the Right, acting to raise public awareness about efforts to undermine the wall between church and state. These efforts are in furtherance of a solidly liberal agenda that NJDC promotes.

In 2007, its Annual Washington Conference attracted every major Democratic candidate for president,[3] the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, and several party leaders, including Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.[4]

NJDC worked on the national level to help turn out Jewish voters in the 2004 elections and 2008 elections, provide voter education, and fight against the radical right at every level. NJDC also works to send voter guides and direct mail to targeted Jewish households. In 2004, NJDC targeted 250,000 Jewish households in swing states with an intensive direct mail campaign.


Founded in 1990, the National Jewish Democratic Council is the national voice of Jewish Democrats. Informed by its commitment to those values shared by the Democratic Party and the vast majority of American Jews - including the separation of church and state, a strong US-Israel relationship, and reproductive freedom - NJDC's singular set of priorities includes:[5]

NJDC leadership

2008 election

In October 2008, the NJDC held a conference in Washington DC at which then Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden was the keynote speaker. Other notable speakers included Al Franken and Governor Howard Dean.

It was noted that "In 2008, the NJDC trained nearly 100 surrogates to speak around country, according to Forman, ran newspaper ad campaigns in pivotal swing states, sent 350,000 targeted pieces of mail to Jewish households, dropped 35,000 pieces of literature in key Jewish neighborhoods and ran Internet and Google word search campaigns".[6]

In an article written on November 9, 2008, it was mentioned that "American Jewish voters have once again overwhelmingly supported the Democratic presidential nominee" and that "with Obama's victory, we selected a candidate who shares the values of the vast majority of American Jews, including the separation of church and state, a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, and reproductive freedom".[7]

During the final days of the 2008 presidential campaign, an article came out explaining that the "National Jewish Democratic Council is sending out more than 350,000 mailers to Jewish households in key swing states, re-asserting the Democratic nominees stance on a number of issues". This article includes many fliers put out by the NJDC in order to inform voters about Barack Obama and Joe Biden's positions on Israel relations.[8]

Marc Stanley, Chairman of the NJDC, wrote an op-ed in the JTA entitled "Why Jews Voted for Obama". In the article, he gave two explanations. "First, Obama’s performance in the debates belied the GOP narrative that he could not be trusted, while McCain’s pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate undermined his Jewish support. Second, Jewish Democrats—the National Jewish Democratic Council, along with the Obama campaign and other independent efforts—were better organized than ever."[9] In 2008, exit polls showed that Barack Obama received 78% of the Jewish vote.[10]

Barack Obama Presidency

The NJDC has shown approval for the Obama administration's policies such as the 2009 stimulus package,[11] and the president's decision to pull out of Durban II,[12] the UN conference against racism which has been known to be a forum for anti-Israel discussion. The NJDC has stated its trust in Obama's support for Israel, and has charged other organizations like the Republican Jewish Coalition of distorting information about Barack Obama and his support for Israel.[13]

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