Project Description

The Jewish Vote endorsement processes

STEP ONE / Opening up an Endorsement Process: The Steering Committee of The Jewish Vote decides which races to consider for endorsements. Factors we consider include:

  • Do we have a base in the district?

  • Are allied organizations and movements also considering or actively organizing as part of this race?

  • Are there candidates in the race our members are excited to learn more about?

  • Is there a key Jewish role that needs to be played in the race?¬†

  • Does endorsing in this race set us up for our strategy in 2023, 2024, and beyond?

STEP TWO / Questionnaire & Interviews: Candidates are invited to apply for our endorsement, by filling out a questionnaire. The Jewish Vote Steering Committee will review questionnaires, and invite selected candidates to join us for a candidate forum. All dues-paying JFREJ members are invited to participate in the candidate interviews. 

Voting: After questionnaires have been submitted and interviews completed, members will deliberate and then vote in a straw poll on the endorsement. To vote in our process, you must be a JFREJ member in good standing, participate in interviews, and affirm our endorsement principles. The results of the vote will go to the steering committee of The Jewish Vote, which will send the final slate of proposed endorsements to the 2024 Endorsement Team.

STEP FOUR / Endorsement Team
: The Endorsement Team is made up of:

  • Two reps each from: the JFREJ Board & the TJV Steering Committee;
  • One rep each from our caucuses: the Jews of Color Caucus, the Poor & Working Class Caucus, the Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus, and the Disability Caucus
  • One rep each from our active campaigns leadership teams; the Caring Majority, Freedom to Thrive, and Israel/Palestine, and Antisemitism

The Endorsement Team is the representative decision-making body for all candidate endorsements. After wider membership has conducted interviews and voted in straw polls, the Endorsement Team makes the final decision on our slate of endorsed candidates.

The above endorsements process is for new candidates. For incumbent endorsements, The Jewish Vote Steering Committee examines legislators’ records and determines if their votes and decisions while in office align with our principles.