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  • Calif. Democratic Party chair rues any offense with Goebbels analogy

    September 4, 2012 | 9:43 am

    John Burton, the chairman of the Democratic Party in California, apologized to those who took offense at his remarks comparing Republican statements to Nazi propaganda.

    Following an uproar over the remarks, which were condemned by Democrats and Republicans, Burton issued a...

  • Roseanne for president.  Really.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 4, 2012 | 11:41 am

    Here’s the latest entry from Roseanne Barr’s blog on “RoseanneWorld.com:”  “I am pleased to inform you that Roseanne Barr is officially recognized by the Green Party of the United States, Presidential Campaign Support Committee, as a Green Party Presidential Candidate—Tom...

  • TribeFest: Las Vegas 2011 - A VideoJew special report [VIDEO]

    By Jay Firestone

    March 9, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    It’s been a while since this many Jews partied in the desert.  Last time it happened, I believe the earth opened up and swallowed them alive.

    But TribeFest is a little different than golden calf worshipping, aside from the heavy dose of temptation…

    Here’s a VideoJew special report on the convention this past week.

  • New Orleans’ Other Lesson

    By Rob Eshman

    November 10, 2010 | 10:53 am

    Except for one unfortunate metaphor, it was a brilliant idea to host the annual meetings of the Jewish Federations of North America in New Orleans.

    Here’s the metaphor: My cab driver from the airport told me how he will often pick up revelers in the French Quarter so drunk they...

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  • Post-Palin Depression

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 11, 2008 | 12:26 am

    A therapist I know -- OK, since you dragged it out of me, my therapist -- told me that I'd be astonished if I knew how many emergency calls she got the night that Sarah Palin gave her convention speech.

    Actually, I wasn't that surprised. Judging from the number of unnerved post-Palin...

  • Attack dog? Fresh meat? Quest for Jewish vote flips Biden and Palin roles

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 10, 2008 | 3:13 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Joe Biden, all wrong on Israel? Sarah Palin, a Jewish woman’s worst nightmare?

    Republicans and Democrats campaigning for the Jewish vote have flipped the traditional role of the vice-presidential candidate from “attack dog” to fresh meat.

    Campaign attacks typically...

  • McCain accepts nomination, offers little new on Israel, Iran

    September 5, 2008 | 5:04 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (JTA)—John McCain used his convention speech Thursday to unveil his game plan for claiming the mantle of real change: Shore up support among conservatives by touting traditional Republican positions while appealing to undecided voters by criticizing his party’s...

  • Convention Notes: Hadassah Lieberman— ‘I’m not a Republican’

    September 3, 2008 | 1:09 am

    ST. PAUL (JTA) -- Like her husband, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Hadassah Lieberman is backing John McCain for president. On Monday afternoon, she was the featured speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) National Women's Committee fundraiser and fashion show in...
  • Allies and foes scrape through Palin bio for Jewish material

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 2, 2008 | 2:56 pm

    ST. PAUL (JTA)—A small Israeli flag propped up on a window frame. A Pat Buchanan button sported briefly as a courtesy. A prospective son-in-law with a biblical name.

    Little about the Frozen North is Jewish outside the realm of fiction (see Mordechai Richler, Michael Chabon,...

  • Obama says GOP ‘tough talk’ doesn’t help Israel; Transcript of speech

    August 29, 2008 | 3:10 am

    DENVER (JTA) -- Barack Obama said Republican "tough talk" was not protecting Israel.

    In his speech accepting the Democratic Party's presidential nomination Thursday night, Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) derided the Bush administration and his Republican rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for...

  • VIDEO: Blacks and Jews are back together and working side by side for an Obama victory

    August 29, 2008 | 1:21 am

    JTA’s Eric Fingerhut and Ron Kampeas on Thursday’s events at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.  With a focus on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, they explore a new emphasis on rebuilding the Civil Rights-era alliance of Jews and Blacks.  Included—Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. John Lewis.

  • Dems use speeches to hit GOP on Israel

    August 28, 2008 | 2:42 am

    DENVER (JTA)—President Bush and John McCain backed policies that have endangered Israel, Democrats argued during their convention speeches Wednesday night.

    In a night dedicated largely to foreign policy and national security issues, several speakers at the Pepsi Center argued that...

  • VIDEO: JTA’s Wednesday Convention Summary

    August 28, 2008 | 1:24 am

    Eric Fingerhut and Ron Kampeas summarize the jewish events of the day at the election, while attending a jstreet function in downtown Denver.

     

  • Yes, we Cain

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 26, 2008 | 5:50 pm

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  • But he’s a Muslim!

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 25, 2008 | 7:06 pm

    It made me think of my own family.

    Having coined "O'Bama" for the Irish working-class values that Joe Biden brings to the Democratic ticket, MSNBC motormouth Chris Matthews called his family in Pennsylvania -- where Scranton-born Biden is known as the state's "third senator" in...

  • Let the games begin: GOP plays ‘Iran card’ against Democrats Obama and Biden

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 25, 2008 | 5:14 pm

    DENVER (JTA)—A year ago, the push for a congressional amendment that urged the declaration of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist group was signature legislation for much of the pro-Israel lobby. Only two dozen U.S. senators out of 100 opposed it.

    Two of those...

  • VIDEO: Jewish Dems nosh and schmooze at Zaydees Deli in Denver

    August 25, 2008 | 12:24 am

    Jewish Democratic event at Zaydees in downtown Denver.

    From JTA’s Election Blog:

    By Eric Fingerhut on Aug 24, 2008

    They didn’t get a chance to sample the corned beef sandwiches, but more than a couple hundred people, Jews and non-Jews, came out to Zaidy’s Deli in Denver...

  • With seven rabbis and counting, Dem parley reaches out to the faithful

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 20, 2008 | 5:08 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Jewish voters and organizations often are among the first to object when Republicans and Christian conservatives inject religion into politics.

    But this year, especially at their convention next week, the Democrats are jumping into the religion game—and looking to...

  • VideoJew does Hadassah

    By Jay Firestone

    July 17, 2008 | 1:03 pm

    The 94th annual Hadassah convention recently traveled to Los Angeles and JewishJournal.com VideoJew Jay Firestone was all over it, like jelly on gefilte fish.

    To get a feel for the convention, VideoJew submerged himself in many of the activities.  On his journey, he made new friends and even visited with some old friends.  But does he find his ‘eshet chayil?’ 

    Watch and find out.  Your rabbi would want you to.

    Video by VideoJew Jay Firestone and the amazing VideoJew Assistant, Sari Thayer.

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  • Hadassah convention to stimulate mind, body, soul

    By Tom Tugend

    July 9, 2008 | 11:14 pm

    An overflowing plate of activities, from Shalom Yoga exercises at 6:15 a.m. to festivities lasting until midnight, will be served up to some 2,000 energetic delegates attending the 94th annual convention of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, in Los Angeles.

    From...

  • Conservatives Focus on Intermarrieds

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Stephen Lachter didn't know what to expect when a friend dragged him to a men's club meeting at his Conservative synagogue five years ago.

    "My father was in a men's club, and to me, it was guys sitting around playing pinochle and volunteer ushering," he admitted.

    Instead, Lachter was...

  • Israel Taps Into Interfaith Tourism

    By David Finnigan

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    As Israeli tourism officials focus on their main demographic with seven new tourism DVDs targeting Christian churches, 233 people will travel to Israel on Dec. 20 for the Los Angeles Jewish community's 10-day, post-Chanukah Mega-Mission. The number falls short of the 400 Jewish...

  • JEWS DECIDE: 2004

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Republicans promise that a substantive, tough party platform this year will present Jewish voters with a sharp contrast from the relatively scrawny Democratic document -- but they may find that delving into details could prove devilish.

    The Bush campaign is emphasizing its adherence...

  • Berman ‘Rocks’ Boston

    By Janine Zacharia

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At French Connection on Boston's fashionable Newberry Street this past Tuesday evening, L.A. native Lindsey Berman is juggling. A song by the band Journey blares out of her satchel shaped like a guitar each time her cell phone rings. People are calling -- friends, friends of friends,...

  • A Graphic Anniversary

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    During the Golden Age of comic books of the 1930s-1940s, cartoonist Will Eisner broke ground, both commercially (by founding the first comics production studio) and artistically (with his cinematic storytelling). When San Diego ComiCon 2003 convenes July 17-20, the industry's most...

  • Conservative Cantors Converge

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Several hundred cantors associated with the Conservative movement will be making beautiful music together in Los Angeles this week, even as they examine the roles of the cantor beyond that of liturgical jukebox.

    The Cantors Assembly will base its annual national convention at the...

  • Not a Day Over 39

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In one of his most famous bits, comic Jack Benny was held up by a thug who demanded, "Your money or your life." His response was silence. And more silence. Then, desperately, "I'm thinking, I'm thinking!"

    The fiddle-playing Jewish comedian (1894-1974) dominated radio and TV for...

  • Light and Thanks

    By Rob Eshman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I spent most of this past week at the United Jewish Communities (UJC) General Assembly (GA), the annual gathering which, this year, brought nearly 4,000 Jewish communal representatives (and journalists) from North America, Israel and elsewhere overseas.

    The GA is part sales...

  • The Way of the Samurai

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    You couldn't miss animation director Genndy Tartakovsky at last week's San Diego Comic-Con International.

    Like Secret Service agents blanketing a presidential gala, Cartoon Network operatives plastered posters everywhere, spreading the word of "Samurai Jack," Tartakovsky's new series...

  • The Convention Comes to Town

    By Tom Tugend

    August 3, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The story goes that a young man gets an entry-level job with the Democratic National Committee in the nation's capital and for his first assignment is told by his boss to buy Christmas decorations for the upcoming office party."I'm not sure whether I'm the right person," protests the...

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