Saturday, February 4, 2012

Time to Caucus? Not Until After Sundown for Orthodox Jews

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Holding a caucus or primary on a Saturday may be convenient for some, but it's also the Sabbath for Orthodox Jews. That's the scenario playing out today in Nevada, site of the latest Republican Presidential Caucuses. But GOP leaders in Nevada have a solution.

Hours after most of the state's other caucuses end, Orthodox Jews will be welcome to participate in post-sundown caucuses. The New York Times reports that just 3 percent of Nevada's population is Jewish, "but they have a long history in Las Vegas...and the number of Orthodox Jews has grown steadily over the last two decades."

As soon as the sun sets and evening prayers end, Jewish voters are expcted to head to a Las Vegas school in order to participate in the 2012 presidential contest.

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