In the wake of Iran’s recent election, a bipartisan group of congressmen are calling on President Obama to increase pressure on Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
A group of Republican congressmen visiting Israel last year jumped into the Sea of Galilee for a late-night swim, during which a freshman lawmaker swam naked.
Barney Frank, a gay 16-term U.S. congressman from Massachusetts, plans to marry his partner, his office said on Thursday.
An Atlanta-area woman who sent a threatening package with an anti-Semitic note to a U.S. congressman was killed after attacking a police officer.
We are, respectively, an imam and an Orthodox rabbi. Last month, our two congregations initiated a series of joint gatherings to enable our people to get to know one another, and study our respective sacred texts together. We were motivated simply by the recognition that the histories and the destinies of our peoples are inextricably intertwined, and that in a vacuum of genuine personal knowledge and understanding of one another, terrible, regrettable things can occur. Ignorance is the oxygen that feeds suspicion, mistrust, and enmity, and relationship is the antidote.
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, has apologized for using Holocaust terminology in attacking Republicans during the debate over health care reform. "I would certainly never do anything to diminish the horror of the Nazi Holocaust, as I revere and respect the history of my people," Cohen said in a statement released Thursday. "I sponsored legislation which created one of the first state Holocaust Commissions in America and actively served as a Commission member for over 20 years. I regret that anyone in the Jewish Community, my Republican colleagues or anyone else was offended by the portrayal of my comments. My comments were not directed toward any group or people but at the false message and, specifically, the method by which is has been delivered.
Jewish groups are calling on U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, to apologize for using Holocaust terminology in attacking Republicans. Cohen, addressing the House of Representatives Tuesday night in a debate over a Republican bill to repeal last year's heath care reforms, likened GOP claims to tactics used by the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels. "They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” he said. He also called the Republican claims a "blood libel."
Two Jewish congressional hopefuls -- a Democratic incumbent and a Republican seeking his first term -- may have won seats by narrow margins.
As recently as May, the only Jewish Republican in the House discounted suggestions that he would place on the ticket, giggling as he told JTA that such speculation was "ridiculous."
A second U.S. congressman has been found using JDate. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) began using the Jewish online dating service in May under the screen name "jim2005ofDC," The Hill newspaper reported.
The trial of Jewish Defense League (JDL) leaders Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel on criminal conspiracy charges in the alleged plot to detonate bombs at a mosque and a congressman's office is scheduled to begin in October. As Rubin and Krugel await their trial in a shared cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center, information has slowly come out about the informant who helped the government build its case since the arrests in December.
At the heart of the case against Rubin and Krugel are hours of tapes recorded by an informant working for the FBI. The tapes have been turned over to defense lawyers but are still being transcribed.