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  • In Reversal, U.S. to Join U.N. Rights Council

    March 31, 2009 | 6:54 pm

    The United States will seek to join the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing its policy of shunning the council and prompting concern among some Jewish groups.

    On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it would participate in May elections for a seat on the 47-member council,...

  • Seizing an Opportunity

    By Rob Eshman

    March 25, 2009 | 11:32 pm

    Up until this week, if you had asked me how I rated President Obama on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d have said I give him a 2. That’s 2, as in Bush 2.

    It astounded me that this president seemed to be making the same fundamental mistake the last one made: thinking he could handle this...

  • Groups Back Obama Budget, Concerned About Tax Proposal

    March 23, 2009 | 3:54 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—More than 100 Jewish community organizations are backing President Obama’s 2010 budget while expressing “significant concerns,” but not opposing, a proposed decrease in the tax deduction for charitable contributions.

    In a letter sent last week to Congress members,...

  • On the Credit crisis, Obama Needs to Change Course

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 17, 2009 | 10:32 pm

    So far, I think Obama has done a tremendous job as president.  He has now gotten two hugely important bills through Congress, the stimulus package and the budget, and has made signal efforts to open up stem-cell research and to overturn various ill-advised Bush orders and policies. ...

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  • Jackie Mason Calls Obama the ‘SCH’-word

    March 16, 2009 | 3:08 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Comedian Jackie Mason called President Obama a “schvartze” during a performance in New York, angering some audience members.

    The Web site TMZ reported Sunday that Mason used the term, which means “black” in Yiddish but is considered derogatory by some, during a...

  • ‘CHAS’-TISED…Is the Charles Freeman Fight All About Israel?

    March 10, 2009 | 3:22 pm

    UPDATED

    WASHINGTON (JTA)— Supporters of the Obama administration’s aborted appointment for a top intelligence post said the former ambassador was unfairly tarred by pro-Israel pundits and advocates.

    But lawmakers who led the successful campaign against the selection of Charles...

  • The Stem Cell Slippery Slope Fallacy

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 9, 2009 | 3:24 pm

    Of all the arguments against stem cell research, the lamest has to be that “it would put us on a slippery slope.”  But since this case comes from the same precincts that gave us “gay marriage will lead to incest and man-on-dog sex,” I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

    The...

  • The Science of Forty-Four

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 20, 2009 | 7:36 pm

    “We will restore science to its rightful place” — that’s the line I didn’t see coming.

    Anyone watching the backgrounders leading up to the inaugural knew that the incoming president would call for “a new era of responsibility.” His call to service, to find meaning in...

  • Obama’s Black-Jewish Pledge

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 15, 2009 | 5:29 pm

    Barack Obama’s pledge to use his presidency to revive the black-Jewish alliance starts on Day (minus) One — the day before he becomes president.

    The president-elect’s inaugural committee has asked Jewish groups to make black-Jewish dialogue and joint outreach to the poor a...

  • Once in a lifetime

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 31, 2008 | 3:19 pm

    I don't know about you, but I've had it up to here with once-in-a-lifetime events.

    Katrina was once in a lifetime. The 2004 tsunami was once in a lifetime. This past year's wildfires were the worst blazes in living memory. Every other month seems to bring an epic rain or snow that is...

  • Analysis: Gaza crisis is opportunity for Obama

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 29, 2008 | 7:55 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Does the mini-war underway between Israel and Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip present President-elect Barack Obama's incoming administration with a crisis or an opportunity?

    Israel's aerial bombardment, the most intensive in the Gaza Strip in the history of the...

  • Hope vs. slippery slope

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 18, 2008 | 3:34 am

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  • Prop H8, gratuitous, immature, Islam

    December 4, 2008 | 2:07 am

    Proposition 8

    I have read the articles about how gay couples are distraught at the passage of Proposition 8 ("Where's the Struggle," Nov. 21). How about an article from The Jewish Journal about how devastating it is for faithful Mormons to see their temple property trashed? Why not...
  • Analysis: Obama sounding similar to Bush on foreign policy

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 3, 2008 | 6:16 pm

    Not only is Barack Obama inheriting President Bush's Middle East, it looks like he's adopting his strategies.

    Perhaps the most striking presence on the Chicago stage Monday, where President-elect Obama presented his national security team, were the policies of the outgoing president....

  • Waxman will play key role in putting Obama agenda into action

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 26, 2008 | 7:11 pm

    Henry Waxman is a combination of toughness and gentlemanliness, qualities that helped raise him from the fratricidal politics of West Los Angeles to the pinnacle of power in President-elect Barack Obama's Washington.

    Through it all -- from battles as a leader in the California Young...

  • Palestinian civil war casts shadow over peace process

    November 26, 2008 | 7:01 pm

    President-elect Barack Obama's refrain of "change" has become a source of inspiration to many American Jews who wish to see Palestinian-Israeli peace talks assume greater importance, as compared to the last eight years under President Bush. They have been further buoyed by the fact...
  • Where in the world is Joe Lieberman?

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 24, 2008 | 8:33 pm

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  • Yes, we can! No, you can't!

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 20, 2008 | 3:38 am

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  • The spirit of Jonathan Swift, Rotbart should apologize

    November 20, 2008 | 1:17 am

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    It Can't Happen Here

    I was shocked by Rob Eshman's article wherein he found an unnamed organizer telling him that a coalition of blacks and Mormon leaders have begun laying the groundwork for a 2012 ballot initiative that would ban Jews from marrying Jews ("It Can't Happen Here,"...

  • Begone, bygones! Green is the new blue and white

    November 13, 2008 | 12:45 am

    Bygones

    "Let Bygones (Not) Be Bygones" (Nov. 7) infuriated me. Marty Kaplan is not happy that Barack Obama was generous to his opponents and their supporters in his victory speech, because in his opinion, they are guilty of lies and character assassination for suggesting the...
  • Post-election healing — kumbaya in class and at the beach

    By Julie G Fax

    November 12, 2008 | 1:48 am

    Alison Weinreb, a teacher at Maimonides Academy in West Hollywood, invited her sixth-grade social studies class to her home for an election-night viewing party.

    As the electoral map turned increasingly blue, she noticed that her scattered Obama supporters were keeping pretty quiet --...

  • The kids are all right

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 11, 2008 | 6:15 pm

    It was a lucky coincidence that Freshmen Parents Weekend at my daughter's college, which was also my college, came right on the heels of the presidential election.

    Lucky for me, because the weekend mercifully obliterated my nostalgia for the tumult of my own undergraduate career....

  • 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.
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  • 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.

  • 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...

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