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  • Jewish approval of Obama unaffected by Israel tensions, poll shows

    July 5, 2011 | 10:13 am

    President Obama’s status among American Jews remains unaffected despite recent tensions with Israel’s government, according to a Gallup Poll.

    Obama’s approval rating among U.S. Jews was 60 percent in June, the polling company said, consistent with earlier months.

    Also, Jews still...

  • Jewish support of Obama is dropping, AJC survey finds

    October 12, 2010 | 9:32 am

    Jewish approval of President Obama is dropping, a new national survey found.

    Some 49 percent of U.S. Jews approved of the Obama administration’s handling of U.S.-Israel relations, according to a just-completed American Jewish Committee survey, and 45 percent disapproved.

    An AJC...

  • The spirit of Jonathan Swift, Rotbart should apologize

    November 20, 2008 | 1:17 am

    ALTTEXT

    It Can't Happen Here

    I was shocked by Rob Eshman's article wherein he found an unnamed organizer telling him that a coalition of blacks and Mormon leaders have begun laying the groundwork for a 2012 ballot initiative that would ban Jews from marrying Jews ("It Can't Happen Here,"...

  • Attention, politicians: Pandering won’t fly

    November 13, 2008 | 12:27 am

    Over the last few weeks of the presidential campaign, the media reported on embarrassing attempts at pandering directed to the Jewish community. While these kinds of efforts are nothing new, and many of the panderers will renege on their pledges once in office -- politicians have...
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  • Passage of Prop. 8 reveals rift between denominations

    By Rachel Heller

    November 12, 2008 | 11:52 pm

    Three days after California narrowly passed Proposition 8, the statewide ban on same-sex marriage, congregants of Beth Chayim Chadashim gathered in their Pico Boulevard sanctuary for a Friday night Shabbat service marked by solidarity and grief.

    "This week of all weeks we need...

  • Dear Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin: I apologize for the Jewish vote for Obama

    By Dean Rotbart

    November 12, 2008 | 11:10 pm

    This is my public apology to John McCain, Sarah Palin, Republican voters, Christian evangelicals, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Mike Gallagher and everyone else in the non-Jewish universe who stands four-square behind the State of Israel.

    While you have written, spoken and, yes, even...

  • Post-election healing — kumbaya in class and at the beach

    By Julie G Fax

    November 12, 2008 | 1:48 am

    Alison Weinreb, a teacher at Maimonides Academy in West Hollywood, invited her sixth-grade social studies class to her home for an election-night viewing party.

    As the electoral map turned increasingly blue, she noticed that her scattered Obama supporters were keeping pretty quiet --...

  • Obama’s victory resonates with L.A. Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 6, 2008 | 2:35 am

    After morning minyan at Valley Beth Shalom on Election Day, one of the elderly members, a child of the Holocaust and survivor of discrimination in its evilest form, approached Rabbi Ed Feinstein with joy.

    "Can you imagine?" he asked the rabbi. "We've lived to see a black man elected...

  • A New Jewish Agenda

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2008 | 1:57 am

    "Behold, cometh this dreamer." (Genesis 37:19)

    Jewish Americans voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama -- 77 percent to 23 percent.

    They chose Obama for the same reason most voters did, only more so. They were appalled at the state of the nation after eight years of a Republican...

  • Congressional Results: Two new Jews, but no rabbi

    November 5, 2008 | 5:41 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)--The U.S. House of Representatives is getting two new Jewish members, but Tuesday night's Democratic tide was not strong enough to sink several favorites of Jewish GOPers or to send Congress its first rabbi, Jewish Latina or Chinese Jew.

    The 111th U.S. Congress is...

  • Voters speak—- how they voted and why

    November 5, 2008 | 4:52 pm

    I'm glad it's over, and I hope the outlook is bright and that we have more fun than we have the past four years. Somebody said to me, 'If Obama gets in, the Jews will get bombed.' That's ridiculous. Obama wouldn't allow such a thing, and I think he is as much for Israel as other...
  • Obama—who won 78% of Jewish vote—faces global disarray, Mideast challenges

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 5, 2008 | 12:26 am

    WASHINGTON (JTA) - Barack Obama emerges from a maelstrom into a vacuum.

    The U.S. senator from Illinois has survived the longest and roughest election season in memory to assume control of a free world in free fall: A collapsing economy, a resurgent Iran, an obstreperous Russia.

    "He's...

  • California Jewish Voters Guide: Views on state and local issues split on party lines

    By Tom Tugend

    October 30, 2008 | 2:50 am

    The presidential race is garnering most of the headlines, but there's plenty of emotional energy -- and money -- left to lavish on the 12 statewide propositions on the California ballot, plus various city and county initiatives.

    As in the top of the ballot contest between Sens....
  • Jewish vote not a sure bet in swing state Nevada

    October 29, 2008 | 10:52 pm

    Support for presidential candidate Barack Obama remains strong among Nevada's Jewish population, but Jews can no longer be counted on as a bloc vote for the Democrats.

    It is a startling revelation to many Jewish leaders in the state, including Rabbi Felipe Goodman of Conservative...

  • Adlai Stevenson, JFK, Obama and the Jewish vote

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 28, 2008 | 2:43 pm

    One of my earliest political memories is the 1960 presidential campaign. 

    We were an Adlai Stevenson family and as a little boy I rooted for the former Illinois governor and presidential candidate to come from behind to win the Democratic presidential nomination. 

    Stevenson,...

  • Rush Limbaugh tells the caller from Michigan why Jews back Obama*

    By The Web Guy

    October 28, 2008 | 12:19 am

    Here’s the transcript, right from Rush’s site
    and streaming RealAudio, so you can read along:

    ...

    CALLER:  Okay.  This is sort of my question or my comment.  I’m a Jewish woman, and I have been recently very disturbed by Jesse Jackson’s comments he made, you know, the comment last...

  • Polls: Obama making gains with Jewish voters

    October 24, 2008 | 6:26 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Barack Obama is making significant gains among Jewish voters, according to two new polls.

    The polls suggest that after months of hovering around 60 percent, Obama appears to be within striking distance of the 75-80 percent of the Jewish vote won by the three...

  • Briefs: Jews back Obama because he’s a Democrat, study says; Ayalon leaves Nefesh B’Nefesh

    October 23, 2008 | 12:48 am

    Poll: Jews Back Party More Than Obama

    Jews are backing Sen. Barack Obama based primarily on traditional identification with the Democratic Party, a new study finds. The support has less to do with the presidential candidates' positions on issues or other factors, according to the...

  • Which way will we vote? The Jewish community is split as campaign tactics intensify division

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 15, 2008 | 11:53 pm

    Gov. Sarah Palin was effusive during the vice presidential debate when given the chance to express her affinity for Israel. Given the chance, Sen. Joe Biden, her Democratic counterpart, pointed to his long record of love for Israel, too. In American politics, most people do.

    But in...

  • My ‘great schlep’ to Florida pays off in politics and grandma’s food

    October 15, 2008 | 11:24 pm

    "If you knew that visiting your grandparents could change the world, would you do it?" A couple of weeks ago, a video came across my inbox with Sarah Silverman posing this very question.

    As Florida is such a pivotal and undecided state in this year's presidential contest, Silverman...

  • CBS News is clueless about ‘The Great Schlep’ [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    October 14, 2008 | 5:55 pm

    News about The Great Schlep—an effort to mobilize young Jews to visit older relatives in Florida to convince to them to vote for Barack Obama—has been all over the Web for weeks. CBS News just found out about it, and wrongly attributes the idea to Sarah Silverman.

    Comedienne Sarah...

  • VIDEOS: Jackie Mason vs.  Sarah Silverman—Battle YouTube

    By The Web Guy

    October 4, 2008 | 4:12 pm

    First came Sarah Silverman with a video for The Great Schlep, an organized effort to get young Jews across America to visit older relatives in Florida to convince them to back Obama [WARNING ADULT LANGUAGE]:

    And here’s Jackie Mason’s response, gleefully e-mailed all over cyberspace yesterday (Silverman’s video was released Sept. 25) by the Republican Jewish Coalition:

     

  • Poll: Obama hits wall with ‘undecided’ Jews

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 26, 2008 | 5:07 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Barack Obama has hit a wall of Jewish indecision.

    The American Jewish Committee survey published Thursday shows the Democratic presidential nominee still hovering around 60 percent among Jewish voters. His big problem: the undecideds.

    The U.S. senator from...
  • 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...

  • VIDEO: Jewish ‘condo vote’ will be hard to crack

    August 26, 2008 | 7:21 pm

    Ron Kampeas and Eric Fingerhut file their first video report from Denver, after attending a panel discussion Monday on the Jewish vote sponsored by the National Jewish Democratic Council

  • Obama’s support lags previous Dems, poll finds

    July 23, 2008 | 3:16 am

    As he headed to Israel and the Palestinian Authority earlier this week, Sen. Barack Obama told reporters that as president, he would begin working on an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal from his first day in office. The presumptive Democratic candidate said, however, that both sides...
  • The Jewish Vote:  America’s role in the world and what’s best for Israel

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    What U.S. role in the world is best for Israel?

    Is it to be loved, to be feared, or to be respected? The 2008 campaign provides a good lens for answering that question.

    In an annual BBC poll of residents in 23 countries, based on more than 17,000 interviews, we can chart the steady...

  • 20 questions with John McCain

    By Rob Eshman

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Hey, Rob, how are you!" John McCain said on the other end of the phone. He sounded like he'd been hovering over his cell phone, just waiting for me to dial his number.

    I spoke to the senator, now the presumptive Republican candidate for president, last Wednesday, while he was in Los...

  • Will Jews give Obama a chance?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Excerpts from Barack Obama's meeting at an Ohio Jewish Community Center on February 24, 2008


    If the Democrats decide to sponsor re-votes in Florida and Michigan, we will soon be thinking about how Jewish voters see Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. While most Jewish Democrats voted on Feb....

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