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  • Michelle Obama’s cousin named as titular head of black Jewish community

    By JNi.media

    July 13, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    This article originally appeared on Jewish News International.

    Funnye Capers, first cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama, has been named as the “titular head of the worldwide community of black Jews.”

    Funnye (pronounced Fun-Nay) is the spiritual leader of the Beth Shalom Bnai...

  • Let’s Move, Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 19, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Let’s Move!, the campaign to end childhood obesity in the United States led by First Lady Michelle Obama, was announced in early 2010. One year later, Israel founded a similar program following the success of its American parallel, aimed to promote a more active and healthy way of...

  • In Berlin, Michelle Obama and daughters visit Holocaust memorial

    June 26, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha visited the Holocaust memorial in Berlin amid tight security.

    Obama and her daughters spent about a half-hour on the morning of June 19 visiting the sea of 2,711 steles that comprise the memorial, according to Uwe...

  • Samira Ibrahim acknowledges ‘anti-Zionist’ tweet

    March 8, 2013 | 6:01 am

    After claiming her Twitter account was hacked, an Egyptian human rights activist appeared to acknowledge at least some of the anti-Jewish tweets that led the Obama administration to delay honoring her with an award.

    "I refused to apologize to the Zionist lobby in America on the...

  • L.A. activist attending Obama's inauguration finds Jewish values in week's festivities

    January 22, 2013 | 10:27 am

    The chill in the D.C. air never seems to diminish the warmth and excitement from a presidential inauguration. 2013 was no different, but it also felt uniquely Jewish.

    As a college student and law student in Washington DC, and later as an activist from California, I’ve attended...

  • 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. 


  • At Democratic convention, a focus on Jewish swing voters as key to election win

    September 4, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Jewish swing voters could make or break President Obama’s bid for reelection.

    At least that’s the case that Democratic Party leaders made in a training session that packed one of the larger halls at the convention center here on Monday, the day before the formal start of the...

  • Abramson 5th on Forbes list of powerful women

    August 23, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times and first woman to lead the paper, was named the fifth most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.

    Abramson was ahead of first lady Michelle Obama, who was ranked seventh, and below philanthropist Melinda Gates and...

  • Miri Ben-Ari performs for the president today

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 25, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    I spoke to the Grammy-winning hip-hop singer and violinist Miri Ben-Ari a few minutes ago, just as the Israeli-born artist was about to take the stage at Boston Symphony Hall to perform for President Barack Obama and a sold-out crowd of 1,800 viewers at an Obama Victory Fund 2012...

  • Miri Ben-Ari, Hip-hop Grammy Award-winner, uses talent to better the world

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 28, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Miri Ben-Ari, violinist and Grammy winning singer, performed again in Washington last week at the Kennedy Center.  The popular singer has played with artists such as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Britney Spears reported the Washington Examiner

    Previously Ben-Ari played at the White...

  • Rabbi Funnye reaps nachas over his cousin-in-law Barack

    By Julie G Fax

    November 26, 2008 | 6:29 pm


    An annual dinner several years ago at the Blue Gargoyle, a nonprofit organization at which Rabbi Capers C. Funnye Jr. was executive director. U.S. Senator Richard (Dick) Durbin, fourth from right, was the guest speaker, and State Senator Barack Obama, far left, was a guest. Photo...
  • AP discovers rabbi related to Obama

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 17, 2008 | 1:45 pm

    “Here’s something about Barack Obama you probably didn’t know,” the American leader in turning copy quickly reported yesterday. “He’s related to a rabbi.”

    OK, aside from the lameness of that lede, which just as easily could have concluded “he hates french fries,” the fact that...

  • Michelle Obama related to black rabbi

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 3, 2008 | 9:20 pm

    I think at this point we can agree that Barack Obama’s outreach to Jewish voters has digressed into the absurd. Michelle Obama is now claiming relation to one of the most prominent black rabbis in the United States.

    What’s that? Oh, the Obama campaign actually had no comment about this revelation from The Forward. Odd. I would imagine this would help shore up some support. Well, it’s an interesting story anyway.