Jexodus to Exodus: Movement to wean Jews from Democratic party expanding

Jexodus, the movement created by Trump supporter and model Elizabeth Pipko, has been renamed the Exodus Movement and will feature chapters in 11 states.

By Joseph Wolkin, World Israel News

The Exodus Movement, previously known as Jexodus, is expanding throughout the United States.

Led by Elizabeth Pipko, the movement will start with chapters in 11 states.

Some states, such as New York, will have multiple chapters based on growing interest in the movement, which seeks to convince Jewish and non-Jewish pro-Israel voters to switch to the Republican Party prior to the 2020 election.

“When we first launched, we had a sign-up page online with our email list,” Pipko told World Israel News. “A lot of people wanted to volunteer, so we contacted them in these counties and states. We also went out looking for chapter heads.

“We went to people in different states who they could recommend, who were active, connected and focused on the mission. It took three months to get it together. We’re going to take another month or so and launch the next crop of chapters,” she said.

The group, founded in March, immediately received plenty of attention and media coverage.

President Donald Trump also signaled his support for the movement in a tweet. Pipko had worked on his campaign, first as a volunteer and then as hired staff.

“Everywhere that there’s a need for it, I’m going to be there, whether it’s a group who wants me to speak or has an event,” she said. “A lot of that is on college campuses because they turned so liberal and anti-Semitic recently. I do hope to be involved with them.

“The chapters, because there are so few Jews in America, it didn’t make sense to make a college chapter program. It’s a lot bigger than that, and it’s a lot bigger than just Jews. The fight for anti-Semitism should not be just Jews. I want to grow grassroots chapters out of nothing and create big chapters.”

The movement seeks to galvanize young Jewish Americans who are afraid to speak out about their political beliefs.

Anti-Semitism has created a divide in the Democratic party. Its far-left criticism of Israel has at times crossed the line into anti-Semitism.