Shabbos Comes Before Politics for NMB Candidate


hellingerThe Miami Herald reports:

North Miami Beach Council candidate Hillel Hellinger may have been a no-show at several forums leading up to the city’s May 5 election – but he said he has a good reason: the Eighth Commandment.
Hellinger is an Orthodox Jew, and strictly observes the Sabbath.

Two of the forums were held during Passover and a third was held on Saturday – the Jewish Sabbath.

He is challenging Councilwoman Phyllis Smith for Seat 3.

”I am not going to do anything to compromise my religion,” said Hellinger, a father of 10. “And I think people will respect me for that.”

If elected, Hellinger said he would push to have more city events during the week — noting a recent North Miami Beach surplus auction was held on a Saturday.

Smith said she didn’t think Hellinger’s absence from the forums gives her an edge.

”An opponent’s an opponent,” she said. “I think the residents of North Miami Beach deserve me to earn my seat.”

 {Miami Herald/ Newscenter}