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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Partisan Jewish groups focus on budget in assessing Ryan pick

    August 12, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Partisan Jewish groups focused on Paul Ryan’s leading role in the budget stand-off in assessing Mitt Romney’s pick as running mate.

    Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives budget committee, has taken a lead role in the stand-off between the White House...

  • Leiby Kletzky’s killer pleads guilty

    August 9, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    Levi Aron, the Brooklyn man accused of killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder and kidnapping.

    Aron is facing at least 40 years in prison, according to The New York Times. Originally he had pleaded not guilty to eight counts of murder and...

  • Choice of Carter as convention speaker decried

    August 9, 2012 | 10:54 am

    Former President Jimmy Carter, who has garnered much criticism in recent years for his harsh words about Israel, will address the Democratic National Convention.

    The Democratic National Convention Committee and Obama for America announced that Carter will speak Sept. 4 via video.

    ...
  • The seven-year cycle

    By Salvador Litvak

    August 8, 2012 | 11:14 am

    Whoever learns halachos every day is assured that he will be a citizen of the World to Come. For it is stated: The ways (halichos) of the world are His. Do not read halichos, but halachos. (Niddah 73a)

    After seven and a half years of daily study, my voyage through the sea of Talmud...

  • Romney: U.S. ‘not a kibbutz’

    August 8, 2012 | 10:26 am

    America is not a kibbutz, Mitt Romney said in a bid to underscore his commitment to individual liberties.

    “It’s individuals and their entrepreneurship which have driven America,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said at a Chicago fundraiser Tuesday in remarks first...

  • Tucson gunman Loughner pleads guilty to murder, attempted murder

    August 7, 2012 | 3:17 pm

    A 23-year-old college dropout pleaded guilty on Tuesday to killing six people and wounding 13 others, including then-U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in an Arizona shooting rampage last year, and will be spared the death penalty in exchange.

    Jared Loughner entered his guilty...

  • Peace activist settles lawsuit with pro-Israel activist

    August 2, 2012 | 5:36 pm

    A peace activist and the man she accused of assault as she protested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress reached a settlement on her lawsuit.

    Attorneys for Rachel Abileah, an activist with Codepink, and her alleged assaulter, Stanley Shulster of...

  • House considering Jewish refugees bill

    August 1, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    A bipartisan group of six Congress members is sponsoring a bill that would ensure recognition of the plight of 850,000 Jewish refugees displaced from Arab countries since Israel’s War of Independence in 1948.

    Their bill in the U.S. House of Representatives also would recognize other...

  • State Dept. report describes ‘rising tide’ of anti-Semitism

    July 31, 2012 | 10:40 am

    The U.S. State Department’s report on religious freedom described a “global increase” in anti-Semitism and said the “rising tide of anti-Semitism” was among the key trends of last year.

    The executive summary of the report for 2011, released Monday, also detailed the...

  • New Yorker writer Jonah Lehrer resigns following Tablet exposé

    July 30, 2012 | 12:40 pm

    Jonah Lehrer, a staff writer for The New Yorker, resigned hours after Tablet Magazine published an article revealing that he had fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in a recent book.

    “This was a lie spoken in a moment of panic,” Lehrer, 31, said in a statement July 30 announcing his...

  • Bunker buster bomb ready, says Air Force Secretary Donley

    July 27, 2012 | 11:25 am

    The U.S.Air Force’s bunker buster is ready for use, according to the Air Force secretary.

    The 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator, which is designed to destroy deeply buried bunkers that protect chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, is ready to be used, Michael Donley told...

  • Biden, Romney continue Israel sparring

    July 25, 2012 | 10:56 am

    Vice President Joe Biden and Mitt Romney continued their respective campaigns’ sparring over Israel.

    In a speech Tuesday in Reno, Nev., to the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual conference, Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said President Obama had distanced the...

  • Denver-area Jews mourn, seek to help massacre victims

    July 24, 2012 | 10:44 am

    As Colorado and the nation tried to absorb the tragic massacre in a suburban Denver movie theater, local synagogues conducted special prayers and the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado launched a response fund for the victims and their families.

    Early Friday morning, James Eagen...

  • McCain condemns Bachmann for claim of Muslim Brotherhood agents in U.S. gov’t

    July 19, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor to condemn a suggestion by Rep. Michele Bachmann that the federal government has been penetrated by Muslim Brotherhood agents.

    A letter sent last week to inspectors general of several federal agencies by Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other...

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