New York – Did A Brooklyn Judicial Candidate Adopt Her Jewish Husband’s Last Name To Win The Race?

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    New York – An Orthodox Jewish judicial candidate in Brooklyn says one of her opponents changed her last name to that of her Jewish husband in order to win the race.

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    Civil court judicial candidate Caroline Piela ran for office under the last name Cohen, which she officially changed in February just weeks before she announced her candidacy despite being married since 2006, the New York Post reported.

    Tehilah Berman, 49, also a candidate for the judgeship in Brooklyn’s 6th Municipal District, called the name change “deception,” according to the Post.

    “Catering to religious groups is not proper in this democracy,” Berman, an Orthodox Jew from Flatbush, told the Post. “People should be proud of their religion and not make believe they are something else.”

    Cohen won Tuesday’s election with 44.24 percent of the vote. Berman came in last in the field of four with 14.53 percent.

    “To the extent that I received support from the Orthodox community, it was because those folks saw who I am and what I did,” Cohen told the Post

    “I know Tehilah Berman is an Orthodox woman, and I believe her name to be very identifiably Jewish, and Ms. Berman did not do nearly as well as I did,” she said.

    One of Cohen’s adds in Jewish publications in Brooklyn included the biblical quote, in Hebrew letters, “Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof,” or “justice, justice, you shall follow.”


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    5 years ago

    And if she did? So some uninformed Jews might have voted for her because she had a Jewish name?

    Wasn’t Tehillah Berman counting on frum people voting for her because she’s frum, regardless of whether she’s the best candidate for the position?

    Seems like what should be sauce for the goose should also be sauce for the gander…..

    5 years ago

    Now that she won she could change back her name until the next election.

    triumphinwhitehouse
    triumphinwhitehouse
    5 years ago

    Cohen won DESPITE having a Jewish name as the district is 50% black

    PaulinSaudi
    PaulinSaudi
    5 years ago

    Why is this news?

    Reb Yid
    Reb Yid
    5 years ago

    Like Warren Wilhelm, Jr, changing his name to Bill de Blasio just as he was entering politics.

    shimonyehuda
    shimonyehuda
    5 years ago

    Motto of most lawyers the law is what you can get away with. She learned her lessons well.

    5 years ago

    Good point.

    JCSHOULSON
    JCSHOULSON
    5 years ago

    TIRDOF means PURSUE.
    Justice justice shall thou pursue.