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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • DNC Protest Puts Jewish Values First

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On the first day of the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, a small group of Jewish men and women used the occasion to raise their voices in protest against what they saw as the growing economic divide in this country and the increasingly centrist policies of the...

  • Lock, Stock and Barrel

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Will downtown be safe? That's the question on the minds of the central city's many employees and business owners as the Democratic National Convention approaches. With the arrest July 31 of eight demonstrators outside the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and the...

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