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  • Biden at Chanukah candle-lighting: Jewish heritage is American heritage

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    Jewish notions of religious freedom so informed the American ethos that it “is fair to say that Jewish heritage is American heritage,” Vice President Joe Biden said at a menorah-lighting in front of the White House.

    Biden, attending the Dec. 16 event organized by American Friends...

  • At D.C. confabs, U.S. and Israel present a united front

    November 11, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    Joe and Bibi? Still buddies. U.S. and Israel? Still allies. Agreement on Iran and the Palestinians?

    Well.

    The governments of President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were back on joshing terms this week, but the deep differences that led to recent...

  • At G.A., Jewish federations see future in more collaboration

    November 11, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    There was the vice president of the United States, two Supreme Court justices and an Academy Award-winning actress with a compelling Jewish story. There were Jewish professionals, lay leaders, clergy and recent college graduates. The West Point cadets’ Jewish choir performed. The...

  • Yaalon denied meetings with senior U.S. officials

    October 27, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was denied meetings with senior Obama administration officials during his U.S. visit, according to media reports citing senior U.S. officials.

    While in Washington last week Yaalon requested and was denied meetings with  Vice President Joe...

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  • Top U.S. Ebola point men are Jewish

    By Tom Tugend

    October 17, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Any mother, Jewish or otherwise, would kvell over the accomplishments of her three sons, although at the moment she might wish that the youngest one weren’t constantly in the news.
     
    That would be Thomas (Tom) R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and...
  • Biden regrets making ‘Shylock’ reference

    September 17, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that he made a “poor choice of words” in using the term “Shylock” to describe unscrupulous lenders.

    Biden was reacting Wednesday to remarks by Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, in response to the vice president’s...

  • Jill Biden tells Jewish philanthropists she is praying for ‘peace in Gaza’

    September 9, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, told a group of American Jewish women that she was praying for “lasting peace in Gaza.”

    Jill Biden’s comments on Sunday during a speech at the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual Lions of Judah conference led some to...

  • Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

    April 21, 2014 | 11:17 am

    An agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering on Monday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.

    U.S. and European officials say they will hold Moscow responsible and impose new economic sanctions if...

  • Biden’s message carries Jewish echoes

    April 2, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    As of this year, marriage equality is the law in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Last summer, the Supreme Court struck down California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, and federal district courts have followed suit, invalidating other laws mandating...

  • Disabled workers and minimum wage

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 12, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    With a major focus on jobs in President Barack Obama’s second term, people with disabilities worry that they will be left behind. Although the president mentioned the word “jobs” numerous times in his 2014 State of the Union speech and announced he would sign an executive order to...

  • Biden meets Israeli leaders following Sharon funeral

    January 13, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres following the funeral for Ariel Sharon.

    Biden and Netanyahu held a private dinner Monday evening following a meeting that included U.S. and Israeli officials.

    The leaders...

  • Sharon at funeral remembered as ‘friend, leader, military chief’

    January 13, 2014 | 9:21 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at his public funeral was remembered as a man of courage and strength on the battlefield and in the political arena.

    “Sharon was a complex man who lived in complex times in a complex neighborhood,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said...

  • Biden pledges aid for poor Holocaust survivors

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 10, 2013 | 7:00 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden announced a new White House effort to aid aging Holocaust survivors living in poverty in the United States.

    Speaking on Dec. 10 at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., Biden said the Obama Administration will appoint a special envoy at the Department of Health...

  • Sanctions easing can be reversed if Iran does not deliver, Obama says

    November 14, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    President Barack Obama sought to reassure skeptical U.S. lawmakers on Thursday that any easing of sanctions on Iran that emerges from negotiations could easily be reversed and "ramped back up" if Tehran fails to curb its nuclear program.

    In his most direct appeal yet for more...

  • Will a new generation step up to civic leadership?

    November 12, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    At first glance, Jews might appear to be enjoying a renaissance of political influence in Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti is the first elected Jewish mayor and the two other citywide elected officials — City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Controller Ron Galperin — are Jewish, too. So are...

  • Israel, Palestinians seek peace deal within nine months

    July 30, 2013 | 9:55 am

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators on Tuesday gave themselves about nine months to try to reach an agreement on ending their conflict of more than six decades in U.S.-brokered peace talks.

    The two sides held their first peace negotiations in nearly three years in Washington on...

  • Biden: ‘Jewish heritage is American heritage’

    May 22, 2013 | 10:41 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said at a Jewish American Heritage Month reception that American and Jewish cultures are intertwined.

    “The truth is that Jewish heritage, Jewish culture, Jewish values are such an essential part of who we are that it’s fair to say that Jewish heritage is...

  • Arab League agrees to peace with land swaps

    April 30, 2013 | 9:14 am

    The Arab League agreed to a Middle East peace plan that would allow for agreed-upon land swaps.

    Qatari Prime Minister Sheik Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani, speaking on behalf of the Arab League, said Monday during a visit to Washington that the Arab countries favor a peace deal based...

  • Biden: Obama ‘not bluffing’ on Iran

    March 4, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said President Obama is "not bluffing" when he says he will stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

    The U.S. commitment "is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon period, end of discussion, period," Biden told the American Israel Public...

  • Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden to the AIPAC Policy Conference [FULL TEXT]

    By JewishJournal

    March 4, 2013 | 10:51 am

    Thank you, Mr. President.  (Applause.)  It’s great to be here.  It’s great to be here.  (Applause.)  Hey, Debbie.

    Ladies and gentlemen, oh, what a difference 40 years makes.  (Laughter.)  I look out there and see an old friend, Annette Lantos.  Annette, how are you?  Her...

  • No Obama or Bibi, but AIPAC conf. still looking to make noise

    February 26, 2013 | 11:12 am

    Next week’s annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington may be as notable for what -- and who -- is missing as what’s planned.

    For the first time in at least seven years, neither the U.S. president nor the Israeli prime minister will attend. In addition, for the second year in a...

  • Biden to address AIPAC conference

    February 26, 2013 | 7:43 am

    Vice President Joe Biden will address the upcoming AIPAC policy conference.

    Biden will speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on the morning of Monday, March 4, officials in the White House and with AIPAC told JTA.

    His speech comes ahead of President...

  • Iran’s supreme leader rejects direct talks with U.S.

    February 7, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, rejected a U.S. proposal for direct talks between the two countries.

    Khamenei was responding to offers from the United States, including last week by Vice President Joseph Biden at the Munich security conference, to hold a...

  • Rabbi Sharon Brous blesses inauguration

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 22, 2013 | 11:38 am

    Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR offered blessings on Jan. 22 at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., which traditionally is held the day following the official inauguration.

    “Elohei ha-ahavah, God of Love,” Brous began, addressing...

  • Broad Jewish support for Obama’s gun proposals

    January 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    President Obama's new gun control proposals drew broad Jewish communal support.

    The uniformity of the Jewish response to the proposals unveiled Wednesday stood in contrast to Republican opposition to many of the suggested measures, including a ban on assault weapons and tighter...

  • White House readies gun-control plan as more children laid to rest

    December 19, 2012 | 11:42 am

    The White House revealed the first steps of a gun-control plan on Wednesday as the United States grieved for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in another wave of funerals.

    President Barack Obama's initiative addressed national outrage over the shootings in...

  • Plan to build in eastern Jerusalem neighborhood is resurrected

    December 3, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    A building plan for eastern Jerusalem that stirred a furor when it was approved during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden has been resurrected.

    On Dec. 17, the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee will discuss the plan to build more than 1,600 apartments in the...

  • YOUR VOTE MATTERS

    By Ilana Angel

    November 5, 2012 | 8:05 pm

  • Is cutting Big Bird kosher?

    October 29, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    When Governor Mitt Romney talked about ending funding for PBS – and Big Bird – during his first debate with President Obama, he was describing only one of the deep cuts in Romney-Ryan budget.

    But it’s not just Big Bird. And it hits us hard, at home, in the Jewish community.

    ...
  • Florida Diary 5: Biden avoids Libya, focuses on women

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 19, 2012 | 1:42 pm

    With the Paul Ryan rally yesterday still fresh in my memory (details here), I drove to a Joe Biden event Friday morning in Sun City, Florida. It was a much smaller event and much more scripted. The crowd was sitting on folding chairs, not standing on grass, the stage was nearer,...

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