What makes this kosher Passover cruise different from all other cruises? Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz is going to be onboard, as reported by JTA. Alongside speakers like Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and rabbi Marvin Hier, the senator is going to make appearances on kosher Passover cruises in Aspen, Colorado, Westlake Village, Monarch Beach, CA, and Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. The Prime Hospitality Group has scheduled a Cruz for these getaways, a testament to the growing number of Jews voting Republican and the wooing of the Jewish vote by the right.
Although a majority of American Jews still vote Democratic, and might not see eye to eye with Cruz on issues such as gun control and abortion, Cruz has been outspokenly supportive of Israel and is gearing up for a possible 2016 Presidential campaign. He met with casino tycoon and right-wing financial backer, Sheldon Adelson, as well as former Presidents council chair Mort Zuckerman and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt. Cruz even angered some for this outspoken support of Israel’s policies when he spoke at a dinner for Mideast Christians, and he was even booed offstage.
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Who knows how much support Cruz can get from the Jewish communities, but the kosher cruises might be a start, as well as financial backing from heavyweights like Adelson.