Lena Epstein, 37, is a third-generation co-owner of Southfield-based Vesco Oil Corp., one of the largest distributors of automotive and industrial lubricants and supporting services in the country — and is a huge Trump fan. Lena Epstein, a Christian convert (formerly Jewish) Republican nominee for Congress in Michigan, has defended inviting a Messianic ” rabbi” to honor the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre at a campaign event that featured Vice President Mike Pence, saying that inviting the fake Rabbi was meant to “unite” people.
The Rabbi is not a real “Rabbi” and attended a Christian Evangelical Seminary to be a Minister.
Here’s the problem: She has been denounced by the Jewish community effectively for being a hate peddler. Her own friends penned a letter, below, claiming she has left the community and is no longer involved with Jewish values.
They noted, among other things, she is a follower of KKK Grand Wizard Dude and has spread his tweets.
Epstein co-chaired Trump’s campaign in Michigan in 2016 and is seeking the GOP nomination in the 11th District, where Republican Rep. Dave Trott is retiring.
We the undersigned grew up with Lena Epstein and have been shocked by the divergence between her divisive and xenophobic campaign for U.S. Congress and the Jewish values we were taught as young people. In Jewish youth group retreats, religious school, and synagogue programs with Lena throughout Metro-Detroit, we grew our Jewish identities; we were shaped by the same values, the same cultural norms, and the same moral lessons. Our Jewish education has shaped the adults we have become, the ways that we interact with the world, and the world we hope to make. The foundations of our faith, forged side-by-side with Lena in our formative years, compel us to reject Lena’s campaign.
Lena has unequivocally embraced and promoted Donald Trump’s message of hate, us-over-them, and xenophobia. For example, Lena supports Trump’s cruel and unethical immigration policies. In response to policies that tore children from their parents, Lena ran ads promising that “In Congress, I’ll stand with President Trump to build the wall, deport the criminals and put America first.” She has embraced anti-Semites and enemies of equality and justice, claiming “Ted Nugent is a great American!” and “liking” tweets by former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. We believe that our country is made stronger by the collective experiences, viewpoints, and wisdom of all within our borders, regardless of ethnicity, religious background, or immigration status. We are descendants of immigrants, and we are proud to be a part of an America that welcomes, rather than excludes.
There is space for reasonable people to disagree about the contours of public policy, and we do not condemn her for her political views. We, as a group, hold a diverse set of political beliefs and opinions on policy issues. Rather, it is Lena’s position of embracing hate that requires us to speak loudly and together. Respect for individual autonomy, faith in the rule of law, and a belief that our government is charged with protecting everyone in our society are values that should be embraced by Democrats and Republicans, on the right and on the left. They are values that all people who recognize their roles in a global, equal, and peaceful society hold dear, and they represent the foundation of any free democracy. Lena’s campaign rhetoric rejects these values.
Lena’s campaign has been one fueled by xenophobia, exclusivity, and hate. Whatever her intent, her message has become a full-throated attack on the very foundations of our Judaism. We implore Michigan’s voters to instead turn to positions informed by acceptance, diversity, and love. As the Torah commands us, “The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:34) We believe that those elected to represent us must follow that command; our government must be a place of inclusion, acceptance, and love. Lena’s bigotry is directly at odds with this declaration.
For all these reasons, we oppose Lena’s candidacy as harmful and dangerous for Michigan and the United States. We believe strongly in democracy, and in the power and wisdom of the people to elect candidates who represent their values and deeply-held beliefs. We encourage everyone eligible to vote in November’s election to do so, and we urge voters to consider another candidate.
Michelle Hutton Bass
Heather Pianko Bershas
Lauren Baker Blanford
Jessica De Young Kander
J. Jacob Krause
Sarah Kruman Mountain
Sarah Littman Olitzky
Minda L. Patt
Robin Weber Pollak
Tanya Shaye Silverstein
Jennifer Nathan Simoneaux
Heather Pearson Statfield
Elissa Lindow Sternberg
Jessica Jacobs Steinhart
Erin Pearlman Weiner
Amelia Patt Zamir
We the undersigned grew up with Lena Epstein and have been shocked by the divergence between her extremist campaign for U.S. Congress and the Jewish values we were taught as young people raised in Detroit’s Jewish community.
Lena has warmly embraced and exploited Donald Trump’s message of hate and xenophobia. In response to Trump’s cruel policies that tore children from their parents, Lena ran TV ads promising that “In Congress, I’ll stand with President Trump to build the wall, deport the criminals and put America first.” She has embraced anti-Semites and enemies of equality, claiming “Ted Nugent is a great American!” and “liking” tweets by former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.
We, as a group, hold a diverse set of political beliefs — we are Republicans, Democrats and independents. We believe there is space for reasonable people to disagree about public policy, and we do not question her choice of political party. We are compelled, however, to forcefully condemn her embrace of extremist ideology and outright racism for political gain.
As the Torah commands us, “The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:34) The bigotry of Lena’s toxic campaign is directly at odds with this declaration.
For all these reasons, we vociferously oppose Lena’s candidacy. We have carefully watched her campaign, and are compelled to speak up. We have known her her since we were children. Were Lena Epstein to hold public office, it would be harmful to our country and our Jewish community. We encourage those eligible to vote in November’s election to do so, and to consider any
Netanyahu Upsets Ultra-Orthodox and Says Pittsburgh “Synagogue”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that the 11 Jewish victims of the Shabbat morning massacre in Pittsburgh were killed in a “synagogue,” taking a veiled swipe at the country’s ultra-Orthodox chief rabbis, who had refused to designate the Conservative Jewish congregation as such.
The exchange exposed some of the recent strains between Israel and the more liberal Jewish Diaspora, even in the wake of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack against Jews in U.S. history.
Several ultra-Orthodox Israeli newspapers, however, refrained from calling Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue a Jewish place of worship since they don’t recognize non-Orthodox denominations, instead mostly referring to it as a “Jewish center.”
Israel’s ultra-Orthodox often question the faith and practices of the more liberal Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism, to which most American Jews unfortunately belong.
Netanyahu’s coalition government relies on the support of Chareidi parties and he has often had to capitulate to their demands on matters of religion and state. The Chareidi establishment views other strains of Judaism as too lax in many issues – such as conversions and marriages, while American Jews have increasingly felt that they haven’t been valued in Israel as equals despite their ardent backing and identification.
Organized Crime Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Family
According to Judd Legum on Twitter, a Civil RICO lawsuit has been filed against Donald Trump, his sons and the Trump organization for their involvement in an illegal MLM scam.
The lawsuit claims that Since 2006, Donald Trump has been accepting large quantities of stolen cash to front the ‘MLM Income Opportunity’ cultic racket known as ‘ACN’ (instigated 1993 as the ‘American Communications Network’).
The lawsuit points to numerous heartbreaking stories of Trump telling people to pay large amounts of money to the scam without even revealing to a single viewer that he was himself paid to promote the scam. Many of the people scammed were working poor and couldn’t afford to pay the hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Trump even went as far to claim that the MLM scam was actually, “risk free” and there was no way they would lose their money — and they believed him.
He in fact was so close to the company, that he devoted an entire segment of the Celebrity Apprentice to ACN’s revolutionary videophone. He introduced the two executives on the show and said, “They run a company called ACN, which I know very well.” ACN was personally invited by Donald Trump to appear on an episode of The Celebrity Apprentice, according to their own press release.
Yet, in any intervew with the Wall Street Journal he lied and claimed otherwise. “I do not know the company. I know nothing about the company other than the people who run the company,” he said. “I’m not familiar with what they do or how they go about doing that.”
We found an entire PAGE on ACN’s website dedicated to President Donald Trump and his endorsement of the products, over and over again.
It’s pretty clear he wasn’t just involved, but he was intimately involved.
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Stephen Sedlmeyer proved to me that some people are just plain idiots — by claiming that my anti-nazi symbol was actually a way to profile him because he was German. Even stranger, he claims he’s now downloaded all my pictures in a weird obsession incase I try “to cover.”
What is he offended by? This photo of me that says “#no nazi” and has a swastika with a cross through it. Yes, this simple photo of a Jewish guy with a #nonazi means that I am profiling him — and that I am really anti-German. How that makes sense is beyond me, but these folks are a bit on the strange side.
Oh, it gets even stranger. He then goes into claiming that he is a “minority.”
Of course, this is the new claim by the far right: that they are actually the real victims. He was obviously making a point since in my photo it’s very clear I’m Jewish (with the Yarmulke on) and that he is German — and thus I must be oppressing him?
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