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  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • The bartender who rescued America

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

    Scott Prouty buried his lede.

    That’s journalism jargon for not recognizing the most newsworthy part of a story – for delaying the real attention-grabber for later.  (Calling a story’s first words the “lede” instead of the “lead” is a beloved fossil from the days when typesetters...

  • Netanyahu, Rubio in water-bottle toast to U.S., Israel ties

    February 20, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toasted their nations' close ties on Wednesday with a click of plastic water bottles reminiscent of the Republican's sip seen 'round the world in Washington last week.

    Photographers captured the cross-table...

  • Michael Oren is staying put — which is a good thing

    By Rob Eshman

    January 17, 2013 | 9:49 am

    Michael Oren is Israel’s ambassador to the United States. And he has no plans to stop being Israel’s ambassador to the United States. 

    This was news to me, as reports abound on the Internet that, as of March 2013, Ron Dermer, a senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

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  • Donald Trump endorses Netanyahu in video

    January 16, 2013 | 11:00 am

    American billionaire Donald Trump endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video released on YouTube.

    “My name is Donald Trump and I’m a big fan of Israel,” Trump says at the start of the 36-second video.

    “You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin...

  • Knesset elections: A reader’s guide

    January 14, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    Remember the second U.S. presidential debate in October, when the incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney stood about six inches from each other, with one interrupting the other at every turn?

    Add about a dozen candidates, take away the formal rules of debate, switch to...

  • Two-state attrition

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2012 | 10:22 am

    There are three subjects that Jews in my social circle never tire of: food, movies and the two-state solution.

    Consider me officially tired of the third.

    I began promoting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict long before it was popular. In 1986, when I...

  • Zach Braff’s new (Jewish) relative

    December 11, 2012 | 10:51 am

    There’s nothing quite like discovering new branches of the Jewish family tree, espcially when that branch reaches all the way to failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    Zach Braff, the Jewish star best known for the film “Garden State” and the TV show “Scrubs,” recently...

  • Does the Jewish vote still matter?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 14, 2012 | 4:04 pm

    Does the Jewish vote still matter and if so, how? Exit polls indicate that 70 percent of Jews voted for President Obama, compared to roughly 39 percent of white voters overall. However, with California and New York, which have large Jewish populations, guaranteed to go Democratic,...

  • The upside - and downside - of ‘low threshold’ voter support for Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 12, 2012 | 6:55 am

    As I promised last week, the discussion of the Jewish 2012 vote will continue this week, and as I also promised, this post will be about the Jewish voter and Israel. As I showed in my previous post, different questions lead to different, even contradictory, assessments of the way...

  • Five Jewish takeaways from the 2012 election

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 8, 2012 | 9:44 am

    The prime minister of Israel does not speak for the Jews of America, nor do many of the Jewish organizations.

    One of the most significant losers of Election Day was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who openly opposed President Barack Obama from the very beginning of his...

  • Election 2012: What no president can do

    By David Suissa

    November 7, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    As I write this, I still don’t know who’s won the presidency. But by the time you read this, barring an Electoral College tie, you certainly will know.

    Which means that while I’m still in suspense, you’re probably reading articles like “What Four More Years of Obama Means” or...

  • RJC urges unity after Obama win, notes GOP’s Jewish gains

    November 7, 2012 | 10:54 am

    The Republican Jewish Coalition called on all Americans to "come together to craft real solutions to the very serious problems our country faces today" after President Obama won re-election.

    In a statement released by Executive Director Matt Brooks, the RJC noted what it called a...

  • As Obama takes second term, Israelis wonder what the future holds

    November 7, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Most Israelis were asleep as the polls closed in America and voters waited for the results, but on one rooftop in central Tel Aviv a party with loud classic rock music and flashing lights was going strong.

    It was the pro-Obama election-watching party of Israel’s left-wing Meretz...

  • Fighting over every percentile: Arguing about the Jewish vote and exit polls

    November 7, 2012 | 8:54 am

    President Obama’s Jewish numbers are down, but by how much and why?

    Get ready for four more years of tussling between the Jewish community’s Republicans and Democrats about the meaning of Obama’s dip from 78 percent Jewish support cited in 2008 exit polls to 69 percent this year...

  • From Boca to Delray, Florida’s much-discussed Jewish voters finally have their say

    November 6, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    At approximately 10 a.m. on Election Day, a black sedan pulled up to the polling station at the J.C. Mitchell Elementary School.

    “He threw Israel under the bus,” said the car's driver, a chatty silver-haired man, as he helped an elderly woman from the back seat.

    “You vote your...

  • Security could intimidate, so Sinai Temple moves polling places outdoors

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 6, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Polling places often move around from year to year, but normally not on Election Day itself, as happened to the polls at Sinai Temple this year.

    On Nov. 6, when the day began, 14 booths were positioned inside the West Coast’s largest and oldest Conservative synagogue. But after...

  • Sandy-affected voters in N.Y., N.J. can choose polling place

    November 6, 2012 | 10:12 am

    Voters in New York and New Jersey affected by superstorm Sandy will be permitted to vote at any polling place in their respective states using a provisional ballot.

    “Just because you’re displaced doesn’t mean you should be disenfranchised,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday,...

  • Americans vote after long and bitter presidential campaign

    November 6, 2012 | 9:23 am

    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney battled down to the wire on Tuesday, mounting a last-minute Election Day drive to get their supporters to the polls in a handful of states that will decide the winner in a neck-and-neck race for the White House.

    Capping...

  • YOUR VOTE MATTERS

    By Ilana Angel

    November 5, 2012 | 8:05 pm

  • Preventing election hangover: We can still be the ‘United’ States of America

    by Cheston Mizel

    November 5, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    Here we stand, the end of a long fought battle in sight.

    The whole world is watching. The stakes could not be higher.

    The global economy faces continued uncertainty; regimes face instability; wars continue to rage; the threat of terrorism and unrest continue to grow. Here at...

  • A young Republican activist’s final plea before election day

    November 5, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    The upcoming 2012 presidential election is the most important of our generation.  In the past four years under the direction of our current president, the United States has become a morass of economic volatility and disappointment.  In 2008, President Obama was an unknown quantity,...

  • Last pushes for Jewish votes in Ohio, other swing states stir emotions

    November 5, 2012 | 1:42 pm

    The family wedding. The entrance to the local synagogue. The future of Israel. Your precious grandchild.

    In the final days of what has been a close and bitterly contested election, it’s not so much that nothing is sacred in the fight for the Jewish vote. It’s that little that is...

  • A response to a stiff-necked playwright

    November 5, 2012 | 11:43 am

    This piece is a response to "A note to stiff-necked people" by David Mamet which first appeared on JewishJournal.com on Nov. 1.

    David Mamet recently asked the following questions of “Jews planning to vote for Obama.”  Herewith, my responses.

    Are you prepared to explain to your...

  • My Chris Christie hypocrisy

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 5, 2012 | 11:00 am

    I was against Chris Christie before I was for him.

    If Obama wins, when all the exit polling gets sorted through, it’s those images of the Democratic president touring the hurricane damage arm-in-arm with the Republican governor that may turn out to have given him his advantage. ...

  • Ohio Diary 3: No time for you, world

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 5, 2012 | 7:10 am

    My first story of the 2012 US election was posted on January 1, reported and written from Iowa, where Mitt Romney began his long journey to win the Republican primary election and become the nominee. I had a catchy headline for it: Witnessing European Menace Invading Des Moines....

  • Ohio Diary 1: No change for you!

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 2, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    It is a sunny, chilly morning in the Columbus area, the kind of morning one has to prepare for with coat and sunglasses. It is also a morning of intensive campaigning in Ohio, and the long lines of people waiting with patience for the security check - before getting into the Barack...

  • Streisand urges Jews to reelect Obama [VIDEO]

    November 2, 2012 | 9:33 am

    Barbra Streisand, in a National Jewish Democratic Council video, urged the reelection of President Obama, saying Mitt Romney "does not share our values."

    Streisand, who had already endorsed Obama, released the video Friday through the NJDC. She emphasized women's rights in her...

  • So, who are you voting for?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 1, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    For Miriam, an outspoken woman in her 80s who wouldn’t give her last name, there isn’t the slightest possibility she will vote against President Barack Obama on Election Day. 

    “Maybe we all don’t have to worry about becoming pregnant, obviously,” Miriam said, addressing the five...

  • Obama or Romney?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 1, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Either way, you’re going to have to suck it up.

    Whether you pick Obama or Romney, you are voting as much for imperfection as for promise.

    This is not an election of love and enthusiasm — that was so 2008. But 2012 is not about desire — it’s about duty.

    To paraphrase Donald...

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