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Mandy Patinkin Sings ‘God Bless America’ in Yiddish for Election Day

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Erin is the Digital Content Manager at the Jewish Journal. She also covers Jewish art, entertainment and culture.

Erin Ben-Moche
Erin is the Digital Content Manager at the Jewish Journal. She also covers Jewish art, entertainment and culture.

In a final attempt to get out the vote on Election Day, Jewish performer, mensch and activist Mandy Patinkin serenaded a group of virtual phone bankers, in Yiddish.

Patinkin is no stranger to singing in Yiddish, his album “Mamaloshen” is sung entirely in the old Jewish language. During the Zoom call for progressive political group Swing Left, he did an emotional rendition of “God Bless America.”

One of the phone bankers in attendance, Amanda Cowper, grabbed a video of the incredibly Jewy moment and posted it on her Instagram. The Journal is posting with her permission.


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Patinkin and his wife, Kathryn Grody, have been actively doing their part to encourage Americans to vote this year. Leading up to today, they’ve promoted social causes, donated to organizations, stamped and wrote letters to representatives, educated those on how and where to vote and most recently, took part in phone banking.

Polls are open today, Nov. 3. Click here to find out where your nearest polling station is and when polls close in your region.

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