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  • Ahead of hearings, Hagel commits to preventing Iranian nukes

    January 30, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    In answers prepared for his Senate hearings, Chuck Hagel says he is committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if this means military action.

    "With the ever present threat of Iran, the next Secretary of Defense must be vigilant in pursuing the goal of...

  • Brooklyn man sues police for beating at Chabad center

    January 23, 2013 | 10:52 am

    A Brooklyn man who alleges that he was beaten by New York police officers at a Chabad youth center in Brooklyn filed a civil rights lawsuit.

    Ehud Halevy, 21, filed the suit Jan. 22 in Brooklyn federal court over the incident last October at the ALIYA Institute.

    Halevy was...

  • 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...

  • Jewish groups softening resistance on Hagel nomination

    January 8, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Now that Chuck Hagel is officially President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense, Jewish groups concerned about Hagel’s record on Israel and Iran are faced with a choice.

    Do they fight hard to derail his nomination, joining common cause with Republican opponents? Or do...

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  • Union workers celebrate at Dodger Stadium

    By Ryan Torok

    November 6, 2012 | 11:17 pm

    LAX workers were the first to begin the cheers.

    “Obama! Obama! Obama!”

    It didn’t take long for others to follow when the news broke out at Dodger Stadium on election night that Barack Obama had been re-elected president. That’s where hundreds of supporters gathered as part of a...

  • Wolpe on Brandon’s Holocaust analogy: ‘It is stupidity on stilts’

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    October 26, 2012 | 2:50 pm

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    Every now and then we forbid certain things to certain select individuals: Boxers may not use their fists in casual fights; CIA agents may not write freely of their personal experiences. I think it is time for a new restriction: any mention of Hitler,...

  • Convicted of soliciting a minor, rabbi is banned from D.C.-area synagogue

    October 4, 2012 | 9:34 am

    Rabbi David Kaye, who was convicted in 2006 for trying to sexually solicit a minor, was told he could no longer worship in a synagogue in suburban Washington.

    The board of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Md., notified congregants of the decision just...

  • Dennis Prager: Netanyahu’s U.N. speech

    October 3, 2012 | 1:38 pm

    In the eyes of many, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the United Nations General Assembly was a masterful statement of the moral state of the world, not to mention the existential threat Iran poses to Israel.

    In the eyes of many others, the speech was...

  • Republican Jewish Coalition begins $5 million TV ad campaign

    September 19, 2012 | 9:57 am

    The Republican Jewish Coalition launched a $5 million television advertising campaign aimed at Jewish voters in swing states.

    The campaign started Wednesday and runs through Nov. 5 in cable and broadcast TV markets with sizable Jewish populations in Florida, Nevada, Ohio and...

  • ZOA’s lost tax-exemption status prompts demand for new leadership

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 14, 2012 | 5:55 pm

    On Sept. 11, the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) board of directors met in New York and overwhelmingly approved a resolution expressing confidence in the organization’s direction and in the leadership of Morton Klein, its president of 19 years.

    The vote came less than a...

  • Federations’ Lions of Judah pledge $27 million at conference

    September 13, 2012 | 10:08 am

    Female donors raised $27 million for Jewish federation causes at the biennial Lions of Judah conference.

    The Lions, a federation sisterhood of sorts for female donors who give at least $5,000 per year to their federations, pledged the money Wednesday at the close of their...

  • Shapiro at 9/11 ceremony: U.S. won’t allow Iran to have nuclear weapon

    September 11, 2012 | 11:42 am

    U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said that the United States “would not permit Iran to be armed with a nuclear weapon.”

    He made his remarks Tuesday during a ceremony near Jerusalem to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    The ceremony by the U.S. Embassy in...

  • 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...

  • Oren ‘categorically denies’ he singled out GOP as taking partisan Israel shots

    September 4, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    Israel's ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, "categorically denied"  that he specified the Republican Party when he described as harmful making Israel a partisan issue.

    "I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel," Oren said in a...

  • Calif. Democratic Party chair rues any offense with Goebbels analogy

    September 4, 2012 | 9:43 am

    John Burton, the chairman of the Democratic Party in California, apologized to those who took offense at his remarks comparing Republican statements to Nazi propaganda.

    Following an uproar over the remarks, which were condemned by Democrats and Republicans, Burton issued a...

  • 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...

  • Police dispute details in alleged anti-Semitic stapler attack

    August 30, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    Local police have indicated that witness accounts do not corroborate allegations of a hate crime by Michigan State student Zachary Tennen, whose jaw was surgically repaired following a recent assault.

    Detectives from the East Lansing Police Department who are investigating the...

  • New Orleans area Jews prepare for a wet, powerless Shabbat

    August 30, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    Of all the unknowns being discussed as Hurricane Isaac approached New Orleans, members of Congregation Shir Chadash knew one thing for certain.

    “Nobody wanted to be the person that said, ‘Oh let’s not move the Torahs this time,’” said Rabbi Ethan Linden. “We sort of went...

  • Calif. Assembly approves anti-Semitism resolution for colleges

    August 29, 2012 | 10:29 am

    The California State Assembly approved a resolution calling on colleges and universities in the state to combat anti-Semitism.

    The symbolic resolution was approved Tuesday with no debate, according to The Associated Press. It also calls on the schools to quash campus demonstrations...

  • Michigan St. student says attack at party was anti-Semitism

    August 28, 2012 | 10:14 am

    A Jewish student at Michigan State University said he was attacked at an off-campus party in what he is calling a hate crime.

    Just before the assault, which broke his jaw, Zach Tennen said his attackers asked him if he was Jewish, according to reports.

    Tennen, 19, a resident of...

  • Bill would ban entrance of hostile foreign government officials

    August 23, 2012 | 11:31 am

    Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) has sponsored a bill designed to ban entry into the country by officials of any foreign government complicit in violating the rights of imprisoned Americans.

    Nicknamed Jacob’s Law, the bill was written in honor of Jacob Ostreicher, a haredi Orthodox Jews...

  • Bend the Arc sends activists to push for tax cuts for the wealthy repeal

    August 23, 2012 | 11:14 am

    Nine young political activists have started out on an eight-state tour to push for the repeal of the Pres. George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.

    The “If I Were a Rich Man” tour, which started Wednesday, is organized by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, a...

  • Diller Foundation takes teen awards nationwide

    August 22, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    The California-based Helen Diller Family Foundation has announced it will expand its Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards from a statewide to nationwide program and will double the number of annual awards to 10, with five of the awards reserved exclusively for Californians. The Foundation...

  • Obama campaign launches rabbis list

    August 21, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    More than 600 rabbis joined a campaign initiative called Rabbis for Obama.

    Obama for America announced Tuesday that Rabbis for Obama is designed to “engage and mobilize grassroots supporters.”

    The rabbis represent themselves and not individual synagogues or organizations, according...

  • Takin’ it to the schools: Outreach efforts go public

    August 20, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    When Rabbi Adam Raskin arrived at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Md., last year, he was determined to reach out to teenagers uninvolved with the Conservative synagogue’s youth activities.

    He approached the principal of Winston Churchill High School, also in Potomac, with a...

  • White supremacist couple accused in killing spree indicted in Oregon

    August 20, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    A white supremacist couple accused of four West Coast murders, including one because a name sounded Jewish, were indicted on federal racketeering charges.

    A grand jury in Portland, Ore., indicted David “Joey” Pedersen, 32, and Holly Ann Grigsby, 25, for racketeering activity in...

  • Romney would support Israel strike on Iran, senior aide says

    August 17, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would support an Israeli decision to use military force to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, a senior aide said on Sunday.

    Romney met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on the second leg of a trip show...

  • This week in power: Paul Ryan, Hungary Jew, Temple Mount, Blurry glasses

    By Danny Groner

    August 16, 2012 | 4:27 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Ryan’s selection
    Like many American organizations, Jewish groups are figuring how how they feel about Mitt Romney’s VP choice, Congressman Paul Ryan. The National Jewish Democratic Jewish...

  • Romney, Ryan and Florida Jews

    By Raphael Sonenshein

    August 15, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    In 1992, Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts mounted a strong campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The pundits considered him a brainy guy who was willing to take on the sacred cows of Social Security and Medicare. Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, by contrast, seemed like a...

  • Sacramento approves sister-city relationship with Ashkelon despite opposition

    August 15, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to approve a sister-city relationship with Ashkelon, despite opposition from pro-Palestinian organizations.

    The Tuesday night vote came after testimony from opponents and supporters, the Sacramento Bee reported.

    Some of the 250 spectators...

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