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  • Healing the rift between Israeli and American Jews

    2 weeks ago

    During the Democratic National Convention, millions of television viewers saw former President Bill Clinton sporting a pin with the name “Hillary” in Hebrew letters — even though probably fewer than 2 percent of them could appreciate the gesture. For most Israelis, it’s merely just...

  • Trump trashes Bloomberg on Twitter, calls him ‘little’

    July 29, 2016 | 9:57 am

    Donald Trump lashed out against former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Twitter, calling him “little” and terming his mayoral stint a “disaster.”

    The Republican presidential nominee took aim at Bloomberg, who is 5′ 8″, on Friday morning, two days after Bloomberg said at the...

  • On her big night, Hillary Clinton stresses Israel’s security, not the quest for peace

    July 29, 2016 | 9:56 am

    It was Hillary Clinton’s night, but the Rev. William Barber II was the sleeper star.

    The self-described “theologically conservative, liberal, evangelical biblicist” drew repeated, enthusiastic applause –including when he described Jesus as a brown-skinned Palestinian Jew and...

  • Why Bill Clinton’s Hebrew Hillary button resonated

    July 28, 2016 | 4:03 pm

    There was a thrill ride on Jewish Democratic social media Wednesday night when Bill Clinton was spotted at the Democratic National Convention sporting a button backing his wife – in Hebrew.

    Robert Wexler, a former Democratic congressman, indulged in a little partisan...

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  • Clinton campaign condemns Israeli flag burning

    July 28, 2016 | 2:06 pm

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign condemned the burning of an Israeli flag at the Democratic National Convention.

    “Hillary Clinton has always stood against efforts to marginalize Israel and incitement, and she strongly condemns this kind of hatred,” Sarah Bard, the campaign’s director...

  • Bloomberg unleashes on Trump, calls him ‘risky choice’

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    July 28, 2016 | 11:23 am

    Former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg unleashed a string of attacks at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, calling his a “dangerous demagogue” and “a risky, reckless, and radical choice’ in the November election. 

    “There are times when I disagree with Hillary. But...

  • 5 Jewish things to expect from Hillary Clinton tonight

    July 28, 2016 | 11:06 am

    After Tim Kaine, Biden, Bloomberg, Bernie, Bill and both Obamas, it’s finally Hillary’s turn.

    Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, will close out a Democratic National Convention centered on highlighting America’s diversity, touting her qualifications and bashing...

  • Rep. Engel: Russia trying to influence election

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    July 27, 2016 | 10:52 am

    Russia was trying to interfere in the U.S. presidential elections by allegedly hacking the DNC email system and releasing it on the week of the Democratic National Convention, the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs suggested on Wednesday. 

    “It makes you...

  • Protesters burn Israeli flag outside Democratic convention

    July 27, 2016 | 8:36 am

    An Israeli flag was set alight as protesters chanted “Long live the intifada” outside the venue of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

    Protesters also burned pro-Bernie Sanders posters and some American flags on Tuesday night as Hillary Clinton was being nominated...

  • DNC video highlights Clinton’s Israel record, role in Iran deal

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    July 26, 2016 | 7:02 pm

    On Tuesday, as delegates and party leaders gathered to formally nominate Hillary Clinton for president in Philadelphia, the Democratic National Convention Committee released a five minute video highlighting Clinton’s accomplishment and leadership skills as secretary of state.

    The...

  • 5 things to expect from Bernie Sanders’ speech at the Democratic convention

    July 25, 2016 | 6:05 pm

    It’s been perhaps the second-most surprising presidential campaign this year.

    When Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old Jewish democratic socialist from Vermont, began his campaign last year, no one expected him to take a strong insurgency all the way through the primary season....

  • Dermer to attend GOP and democratic conventions

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    July 15, 2016 | 10:45 am

    Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer will be attending the Republican and the Democratic national conventions this month, according to a source at the Israeli Embassy in DC.

    The Israeli ambassador will attend a Republican Jewish Coalition leadership event on Tuesday alongside Newt...

  • Obama pledges commitment to Israel, unity against Iran

    September 7, 2012 | 9:47 am

    President Obama said the U.S. commitment to Israel's security "must not waver" and that the world must unite against Iran's nuclear ambitions.

    "Our commitment to Israel's security must not waver, and neither must our pursuit of peace" Obama said to cheers Thursday night,...

  • Dreaming of a wave election

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 7, 2012 | 9:25 am

    What just happened in American politics is not just that Charlotte mopped the floor with Tampa.  It’s that Democrats connected with the country beyond their wildest dreams.

    Here’s my fantasy:  Coming out of their convention, Democrats will realize that their message sings. 

    It...

  • Democrats return to the economy after Jerusalem detour

    September 7, 2012 | 8:37 am

    It was the nuts-and-bolts convention that nearly broke down over the most ethereal of issues: Jerusalem and God.

    But by its third and final night, the Democratic National Convention had gotten back on message: jobs, jobs, staying on course with getting the economy back on track,...

  • ADL slams Democrats invoking Holocaust analogies

    September 6, 2012 | 9:29 am

    The Anti-Defamation League decried three recent reported Nazi analogies used in political debate, all by Democrats.

    "Earlier today, South Carolina State Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian reportedly evoked Eva Braun when discussing Gov. Nikki Haley's press briefing from a...

  • If I remember thee Jerusalem. The Democrats just brought it back again

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 6, 2012 | 1:14 am

    The good news: The Democrats reinstated Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in ‎their platform. This confirms my initial response to this whole affair: it was a ‎mistake. I don’t understand why the Democrats decided to drop Jerusalem, and ‎even with the lame excuses they were giving...

  • A benediction for the Democratic National Convention

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 5, 2012 | 10:09 pm

    Ribono shel olam, Dear God--

    We are grateful that our nation is founded on the highest principles of freedom and resourcefulness and creativity and ever renewed strength.  And we understand that those worthy ideals stand alongside the commitment to compassion, to goodness, our...

  • UPDATE: Amid some boos, Democrats return Jerusalem-as-capital language to party platform [VIDEO]

    September 5, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    At President Obama's behest, and to boos from some delegates, Democrats on Wednesday night inserted a few lines into their party platform affirming Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Two of the lines had appeared in the 2008 party platform but had been dropped for some reason when...

  • Wexler: Obama best bet for Israel’s security

    September 5, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    Robert Wexler, a former congressman who is a chief Jewish surrogate for President Obama, told the Democratic National Convention that reelecting Obama was the better choice for a secure Israel.

    "Now is the time to support Israel as a thriving, democratic, and secure homeland for...

  • Why did Jerusalem reference disappear from the Democratic Party platform?

    September 5, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    Jerusalem has many mysteries, but none may be as perplexing at present as its disappearance from the Democratic Party platform.

    Several people involved in the platform’s writing who spoke to JTA said they did not know how it happened.

    Republicans launched a full-force offensive...

  • Why Wolpe spoke at the DNC

    By Rob Eshman

    September 5, 2012 | 10:06 am

    This week David Wolpe, senior rabbi of Sinai Temple, delivered one of the invocations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Even for someone used to and deserving of such honors, this is a big deal.

    Indeed, the majority of the rabbi’s congregants were thrilled...

  • Democratic convention picks Rabbi Wolpe

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple has confirmed that he will deliver the invocation at the Wednesday (9/5) evening session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    His prayer will focus on the ideals animating the United States, Wolpe said, and will...

  • Choice of Carter as convention speaker decried

    August 9, 2012 | 10:54 am

    Former President Jimmy Carter, who has garnered much criticism in recent years for his harsh words about Israel, will address the Democratic National Convention.

    The Democratic National Convention Committee and Obama for America announced that Carter will speak Sept. 4 via video.

    ...
  • Miami temple disinvites Wasserman Schultz

    May 25, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Miami’s Temple Israel said it canceled tonight’s appearance by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) due to security concerns, but the congresswoman – chair of the Democratic National Committee– called it “internal politics” after learning that a leading GOP donor quit...

  • Wasserman Schultz tapped as DNC chair

    April 5, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    President Obama has named U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the Democratic Party’s chief fundraiser.

    Wasseman Schultz (D-Fla.), a party star since she was first elected in 2004, was tapped Tuesday to chair the Democratic National Committee, Politico reported. She succeeds...

  • Democrats continue coveting religious-minded voters

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 17, 2008 | 11:03 pm

    Sorry I’ve been fairly MIA since Friday. It’s been a nightmarish few days finishing up this week’s cover story. Never have I experienced the laws of inertia like I did the last two days.

    That being said, I didn’t have the chance to liveblog the presidential forum at Rick Warren’s...

  • DNC, ‘Daily Show’ and Davening

    By Janine Zacharia

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    So an Orthodox Jew is not the Democratic vice presidential nominee this year, like in 2000. And the wife of the vice presidential nominee is not named Hadassah. Yet, despite the absence of such central Jewish characters at the 2004 Democratic National Convention this week, Jews --...

  • Depicting Issues

    By Tom Tugend

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Some 30 delegates to the Democratic National Convention took time out from politicking to participate in a hands-on workshop in democracy and diversity, initiated by a Jewish institution. The workshop was based on the youTHink program, in which public school students use the arts to...

  • Preparing for a Presidential Visit

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There was a lot of behind-the-scenes activity last Sunday on Sony Pictures Studios' Main Street set, but this was no movie production. In the days leading up to a Democratic National Convention (DNC) kick-off reception, representatives of several major Jewish organizations were...

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