Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s daughter is suing Mehmet Oz
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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s daughter is suing Mehmet Oz

Shterny Boteach Glick says Oz stiffed her over a Jewish donors list

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Dr. Mehmet Oz meet at the 2022 Champions of Jewish Values gala at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan on Jan. 20, 2022. (Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Dr. Mehmet Oz meet at the 2022 Champions of Jewish Values gala at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan on Jan. 20, 2022. (Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Last December, around the time that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of Englewood was endorsing Mehmet Oz for the Senate, calling the TV doctor a “great friend of Israel,” the candidate for the GOP nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania was hiring Boteach’s daughter as a consultant.

That’s according to the daughter, Shterny Glick, whose consultancy is now suing Dr. Oz for breach of contract, according to a report Friday in the political online newsletter New Jersey Globe. (Dr. Oz, a Republican endorsed by former President Donald Trump, lived in New Jersey until last year, when he said he moved to Pennsylvania to run for the U.S. Senate.)

Ms. Glick’s lawsuit alleges that Dr. Oz’s campaign used a pro-Israel political donor mailing list without paying a promised 5% commission, according to the report. Ms. Glick’s lawsuit goes on to say that Dr. Oz fired her in February but continued soliciting donations from the people on the list — including many American Jews — afterward.

The lawsuit came on the eve of the election between Oz and Democrat John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s current lieutenant governor. It also came after Rabbi Boteach publicly broke with his former friend, calling Dr. Oz’s campaign a “tragedy for the Jewish people.”

Ms. Glick’s consultancy, Light Nation Media, says that Dr. Oz’s campaign and his associates owe hundreds of thousands of dollars for using the consultancy’s donor list to raise money for one of the most expensive races in the country.

“It was no secret that plaintiff’s list of established donors to political and other causes was drawn almost exclusively from the American Jewish community,” the lawsuit says. “Such potential donors were well known for generously supporting political candidates sympathetic to Israel, and other issues dear to the Jewish community,”

Dr. Oz and Rabbi Boteach — a writer on sex, counselor to many celebrities, a onetime GOP congressional candidate, and a columnist for this newspaper — became friends in the 2000s when they both were mentored by Oprah Winfrey, the daytime TV giant. Rabbi Boteach turned on Dr. Oz, he says, because Dr. Oz delayed making clear his support for Israel, because Dr. Oz’s campaign mocked Mr. Fetterman’s stroke, and because of Dr. Oz’s ties with the Turkish regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Republican Jewish Coalition has embraced Dr. Oz enthusiastically and has made the fact that he is a Muslim who is close to Israel a talking point.

The New Jersey Globe said that Dr. Oz’s campaign did not return a request for comment. Meanwhile, Ms. Winfrey broke her silence in the race last week to endorse Mr. Fetterman. “If I lived in Pennsylvania, I would’ve already cast my vote for John Fetterman, for many reasons,” she said.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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