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  • Young Iranian Jews react to 2008 election results

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 11, 2008 | 12:23 am

    Nearly 200 young local Iranian Jews from the “30 Years After” organization gathered at the Parlor sports bar in Santa Monica on November 4th to mingle and watch the results of the 2008 Presidential election. While a substantial segment of Southern California Iranian Jews were...

  • Jews looked past worries to embrace Obama

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 6, 2008 | 6:08 pm

    For some Jewish voters, the strangeness of Barack Obama was like a recurring dream: unsettling and then settling in, and then, suddenly, revelatory.

    Ari Wallach described breaking through to elderly Jews in Florida who had resisted voting for the son of the man from Kenya, the tall...

  • Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s pick for Chief of Staff, is tough, direct and wedded to his Jewish roots

    November 6, 2008 | 4:45 pm

    President-elect Barack Obama’s pick of Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) will put a tough, proven political operator at the center of a new Administration.

    It also raises the profile of a Chicago Jewish family firmly rooted in the worlds of Hollywood, medicine, politics…and Judaism.
    ...
  • MUSIC VIDEO: Hannah Friedman: ‘Oh, Obama’

    November 6, 2008 | 3:06 am

    Writer (and singer) Hannah Friedman stayed up all night to bring us this song.

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  • Obama’s victory resonates with L.A. Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 6, 2008 | 2:35 am

    After morning minyan at Valley Beth Shalom on Election Day, one of the elderly members, a child of the Holocaust and survivor of discrimination in its evilest form, approached Rabbi Ed Feinstein with joy.

    "Can you imagine?" he asked the rabbi. "We've lived to see a black man elected...

  • The Democrats won for the wrong reasons

    By Arnold Steinberg

    November 6, 2008 | 2:19 am

    The Republicans deserved to lose, but the Democrats did not deserve to win.

    After McCain had the good luck to win the nomination early, he squandered valuable time, failing to use his advantage to define his campaign, or Obama. In contrast, the brilliance of Obama's campaign implied...

  • Hope breeds strength

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 6, 2008 | 2:10 am

    PARIS -- "It was invisible, as always," begins Theodore White's classic "The Making of the President, 1960," describing the mysterious process by which millions of voters combine to make their most important political decision.

    This time, it was visible.

    The crowded lines at the...

  • A New Jewish Agenda

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2008 | 1:57 am

    "Behold, cometh this dreamer." (Genesis 37:19)

    Jewish Americans voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama -- 77 percent to 23 percent.

    They chose Obama for the same reason most voters did, only more so. They were appalled at the state of the nation after eight years of a Republican...

  • Yes, I can

    By David Suissa

    November 6, 2008 | 1:37 am

    Now that the election season is over, I want to share a personal revelation that I think can help bring Obama voters and McCain voters closer together. But first, a
    little background.

    I've always loved a good conversation, especially with people whose views are different from mine....
  • Let bygones (not) be bygones

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 5, 2008 | 2:02 pm

    That's it?

    Twelve-hundred-and-eight words, and we're supposed to forget the months of ugly that came before?

    Not so fast.

    "I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our goodwill and earnest effort to find...
  • Turning a page in the history books

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 5, 2008 | 1:07 am

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  • Obama—who won 78% of Jewish vote—faces global disarray, Mideast challenges

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 5, 2008 | 12:26 am

    WASHINGTON (JTA) - Barack Obama emerges from a maelstrom into a vacuum.

    The U.S. senator from Illinois has survived the longest and roughest election season in memory to assume control of a free world in free fall: A collapsing economy, a resurgent Iran, an obstreperous Russia.

    "He's...

  • Race ends with GOP slamming Obama on Israel

    November 4, 2008 | 7:45 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) - As the presidential race came to a close, the McCain campaign ratcheted up its efforts to paint Barack Obama as a threat to Israel.

    The major thrust involved new salvos revolving around a Palestinian-American academic and activist, Rashid Khalidi, who was friends...

  • LAST LOOK: Where do McCain and Obama stand on the issues?

    November 3, 2008 | 11:27 pm

    DOMESTIC POLICY

    ABORTION

    Abortion is an area of sharp disagreement between the two candidates. Obama said during the Oct. 15 presidential debate that he believes Roe v. Wade was “rightly decided,” although “good people on both sides can disagree.” He added that “women in...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Oy, McCainia! (to the tune of ‘Rumania Rumania’)

    November 3, 2008 | 8:31 pm

    The classic Yiddish folk song ‘Rumania, Rumania’ provides the inspiration for this pro-Obama music video

  • The entire election in one very tall image

    By The Web Guy

    November 3, 2008 | 2:17 pm

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  • L.A. Times protest - I was there

    By Jay Firestone

    October 30, 2008 | 8:18 pm

    This morning I went to shoot a protest outside the Los Angeles Times in downtown L.A.  Enraged McCain supporters picketed the publication for withholding the release of a video tape showing Barack Obama at an event honoring harsh critic of Israel, Rashid Khalidi. 

    It wasn’t a...

  • Ratner and Diddy, Wolpe and Hitchens, the pocketbook and the soul

    October 30, 2008 | 2:17 am

    Brett Ratner

    The Brett Ratner cover story was so telling on so many levels ("Just a Nice Jewish Director," Oct. 24). It was telling of the young female writer in that the very superficiality that she suggests has plagued Ratner's career (the decadence of his home and lifestyle,...
  • Jewish vote not a sure bet in swing state Nevada

    October 29, 2008 | 10:52 pm

    Support for presidential candidate Barack Obama remains strong among Nevada's Jewish population, but Jews can no longer be counted on as a bloc vote for the Democrats.

    It is a startling revelation to many Jewish leaders in the state, including Rabbi Felipe Goodman of Conservative...

  • Comedy icons back Obama with ‘Ain’t Funny’ TV spots [VIDEOS]

    October 29, 2008 | 3:06 am

    To emphasize that there's nothing amusing about next Tuesday's presidential election, the Jewish Alliance for Change has launched a series of "Ain't Funny" television and online commercials in support of Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

    The spots feature some of America's most...

  • Larry and me

    By Rob Eshman

    October 29, 2008 | 1:41 am

    I have been through three presidential election cycles while at The Jewish Journal.

    The candidates change. The issues ebb and flow. Administrations come and go. But Larry Greenfield -- that dude abides.

    On Thursday evening, Oct. 30, I'm going to see Larry. Again.

    Greenfield is the...

  • It’s their turn

    By David Suissa

    October 29, 2008 | 1:37 am

    Before moving to Pico-Robertson, I spent three years in trendy West Hollywood, where I was the lone independent/conservative voice during an early morning

    schmoozefest at the Urth Caffé on Melrose Avenue. The term "aggressively liberal" doesn't begin to describe the political...

  • ANALYSIS: Who advises McCain and Obama?

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 28, 2008 | 5:50 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- When the question of recognizing Israel landed on President Harry Truman's desk in May 1948, he had to balance the advice of his old friend, Clark Clifford, against the general he deeply admired, George Marshall.

    In the end Truman went with his friend,...
  • Adlai Stevenson, JFK, Obama and the Jewish vote

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 28, 2008 | 2:43 pm

    One of my earliest political memories is the 1960 presidential campaign. 

    We were an Adlai Stevenson family and as a little boy I rooted for the former Illinois governor and presidential candidate to come from behind to win the Democratic presidential nomination. 

    Stevenson,...

  • VIDEOS: Wassup 2008 meets Jewish Wassup

    By The Web Guy

    October 27, 2008 | 11:21 pm

    Its been eight long years since the boys said wassup to each other. Even with the effects of a down economy and imminent change in the White House, the boys are still able to come together and stay true to what really matters.

     

    This is not the first parody of the Budweiser beer commercial, of course.  There’s this ‘Jewish Wassup’ from a few years back:

     

  • ANALYSIS: Obama worked hard to gain Jewish trust

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 27, 2008 | 7:49 pm

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (JTA)—A major Republican tack against Barack Obama has a simple theme: By his friends you shall know him.

    For the McCain campaign, in recent weeks this has meant repeatedly linking the Democratic presidential nominee to William Ayers, the former member of the...

  • ANALYSIS: Rough race takes toll on McCain’s image

    October 27, 2008 | 7:23 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—When John McCain stopped in New York one Tuesday in October 2007 to make his pre-primaries pitch to a room full of Jewish bigwigs, he spent virtually all his time discussing foreign policy—but only after an emotional introduction from James Tisch that focused less on...

  • Polls: Obama making gains with Jewish voters

    October 24, 2008 | 6:26 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Barack Obama is making significant gains among Jewish voters, according to two new polls.

    The polls suggest that after months of hovering around 60 percent, Obama appears to be within striking distance of the 75-80 percent of the Jewish vote won by the three...

  • Briefs: Jews back Obama because he’s a Democrat, study says; Ayalon leaves Nefesh B’Nefesh

    October 23, 2008 | 12:48 am

    Poll: Jews Back Party More Than Obama

    Jews are backing Sen. Barack Obama based primarily on traditional identification with the Democratic Party, a new study finds. The support has less to do with the presidential candidates' positions on issues or other factors, according to the...

  • Hollywood comedy stars release four pro-Obama videos*

    By The Web Guy

    October 22, 2008 | 3:56 am

    First came Sarah Silverman, who shot a video promoting the pro-Obama ‘Great Schlep’, and then came the response from Jackie Mason, who called Silverman a yenta for suggesting some older Jews might be racists in a video circulated by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC).

    Now the...

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