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  • In Vegas, GOP Jews focus on Israel, while contenders focus on Adelson

    March 31, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    The GOP Jewish faithful descended in force on Sin City, turning out in record numbers and striking a feisty, combative tone at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual conference.

    According to organizers, some 400 people attended the gathering, where they were feted with poker...

  • N.J.’s Christie apologizes to Adelson over ‘occupied territories’ reference

    March 30, 2014 | 7:23 pm

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reportedly apologized to casino magnate Sheldon Adelson for referring to the “occupied territories” in a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition.

    Christie met with Adelson, a major GOP donor, privately on Saturday afternoon in Adelson’s Las Vegas...

  • Adelson to host Jeb Bush at Jewish Republicans event

    March 25, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Sheldon Adelson will host a dinner featuring former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on the eve of a conference of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

    Adelson, the casino magnate seen as a kingmaker in the Republican Party because of his willingness to spend tens of millions of dollars in an...

  • Jewish Republicans caught in party shutdown crossfire

    October 8, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    The first lawmaker to speak at a closed-door Capitol Hill confab convened by the Republican Jewish Coalition’s women’s affiliate was, naturally enough, a woman. So was the second.

    Against the background of the current federal budget battle, that’s about all that united Sen. Kelly...

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  • Republican Jewish Coalition endorses Obama’s Syria call

    September 4, 2013 | 9:48 am

    We hear a lot of rhetoric about putting country above politics, but the Republican Jewish Coalition comes through this week with a robust endorsement of President Obama’s call for congressional backing for a Syria strike.

    The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) issued an...

  • In meeting with Rand Paul, Republican Jews hear ‘pleasant surprises’

    June 20, 2013 | 9:57 am

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul had a reconciliatory meeting with the Republican Jewish Coalition in his latest bid to forge ties with the pro-Israel community.

    “There were some pleasant surprises,” Matthew Brooks, the Republican Jewish Coalition’s director, told the Washington Post’s...

  • Gov. Walker doesn’t represent Jewish values

    June 5, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    Governor Scott Walker is a right-wing conservative. He stands staunchly against a woman’s right to choose and has limited women’s access to affordable and essential health services. As governor, he has unnecessarily cut billions of dollars from his state’s schools. And, perhaps...

  • Was Frank Lautenberg sufficiently pro-Israel?

    June 4, 2013 | 9:25 am

    Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post berates AIPAC for what she calls its “fawning” remembrance of Frank Lautenberg, the longtime New Jersey senator who died yesterday:

    As for Lautenberg, AIPAC’s fawning can be chalked up to the gradual lowering of the bar for Democrats in an...

  • The Hagel dialectic: Defenders and detractors tussle over Israel record

    December 19, 2012 | 9:18 am

    The expected nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary has sparked an outcry from segments of the pro-Israel community.

    Media reports in recent days have said that Hagel, a Republican who represented Nebraska from 1997-2009 in the U.S. Senate, is...

  • On the morning after, Jewish Republicans advise the party

    November 12, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Think immigration through -- again. Forget about gay marriage. And for heaven’s sake, when it comes to rape, shut up!

    The Republican Party as a whole is having the morning-afters, reconsidering how it might have done better in an election that saw the party fail to win the White...

  • 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...

  • 9 notes on the American Jewish vote

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 8, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    A short prologue and a note of caution:

    I started writing this post on Wednesday afternoon on the airplane from Chicago to Washington, following a very long, almost sleepless night. I should have been on the phone that day, listening in to the presentations of the two competing...

  • Waking up in perilous times: Jewish groups release campaign ads [VIDEO]

    By Jared Baker

    September 28, 2012 | 10:57 am

    It's that time again. Campaign season is in full swing, and the Super PACs are out to win your vote.

    The Jewish Council on Education and Research (JCER) yesterday released a new ad for Obama featuring movie star Samuel L. Jackson. His message for voters: "Wake the f**k up!"
    ...
  • Vying for Jewish hearts, minds and votes

    By Tom Tugend

    September 5, 2012 | 11:33 am

    The battle for the Jewish vote is in full swing, with Democrats and Republicans deploying their most stentorian spokespersons.

    As the din of the clashing rhetoric escalates during the countdown to the Nov. 6 election, it might be useful to list the Jewish outreach organizations...

  • 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...

  • Jewish Dems slam GOP for Ron Paul tribute

    August 24, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Jewish Democrats slammed Republicans for planning a tribute to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) at the Republican convention.

    In a press call Friday, a top aide to Rommey confirmed that there would be a prime time video tribute to Paul.

    “Paying tribute to this man who disparaged the...

  • RJC, ECI demand removal of ‘radical’ rabbi from Obama list

    August 24, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Two conservative groups called on the Obama campaign to sever ties with a “radical” on its newly-released list of more than 600 rabbis who support the president’s reelection.

    The campaign rejected the demand.

    The Republican Jewish Coalition on Thursday “expressed profound...

  • Ari Fleischer kicks off RJC voter drive in Israel

    July 11, 2012 | 10:19 am

    Israeli-American voters can make a difference in the upcoming presidential election, Ari Fleischer told Anglo-Israelis at the start of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s voter drive in Israel.

    Fleischer, President George W. Bush’s press secretary and an RJC board member, and RJC...

  • Republican Jewish Coalition leaders to campaign in Israel

    July 3, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    The Republican Jewish Coalition is sending two of its top officials to Israel to rally for expatriate votes.

    The voter registration drive led by Ari Fleischer, the press secretary during the George W. Bush presidency and an RJC board member, and Matt Brooks, the RJC executive...

  • At RJC forum, Republican hopefuls preview their lines of attack

    December 13, 2011 | 4:58 pm

    Iran’s nuclear program appears to be racing ahead. The Middle East peace process is in shambles. And a series of recent flare-ups have highlighted ongoing tensions between the Obama administration and elements of the pro-Israel community.

    It was against this backdrop that six...

  • Gingrich to RJC: U.S. needs ‘dramatically rethought strategy for the Middle East’

    December 8, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Appearing with five fellow candidates at a Republican Jewish Coalition forum, Newt Gingrich called for “a dramatically rethought strategy for the Middle East.”

    The GOP presidential hopefuls took the stage separately Wednesday, and each spoke for approximately half an hour at the...

  • Andrew Breitbart, the unabashedly “biased journalist”

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 13, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    The TV cameras at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s ballroom on the evening of June 12 were there to cover a foreign policy speech by Newt Gingrich, but during the cocktail hour, all eyes at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s (RJC) Summer Bash were on Andrew Breitbart.

    While Gingrich...

  • RJC expresses concern about Paul candidacy

    May 13, 2011 | 11:21 am

    The Republican Jewish Coalition expressed its concern about reports that Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is planning a third bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

    “As Americans who are committed to a strong and vigorous foreign policy, we are deeply concerned about the prospective...

  • Mitt Romney, John Thune make pitch to Jewish Republicans at RJC bash

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    April 5, 2011 | 10:40 am

    At the Republican Jewish Coalition’s winter leadership retreat here, it was the absence of certain likely candidates for president that had the crowd most excited.

    While names like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann generate enthusiasm at some other conservative gatherings, their...

  • Vampire killing kit gets $14K+ in auction—too late to use on RJC

    By The Web Guy

    November 13, 2008 | 3:29 pm

    NATCHEZ, MISS—A complete and authentic vampire killing kit—made around 1800 and complete with stakes, mirrors, a gun with silver bullets, crosses, a Bible, holy water, candles and even garlic, all housed in a American walnut case with a carved cross on top — attained $14,850 in the...

  • 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...
  • The RJC is Republican, sure, but Jewish?

    November 7, 2008 | 2:34 am

    Larry Greenfield

    Fun editorial about Larry Greenfield ("Larry and Me," Oct. 31), the hardworking Jewish Republican.

    I too have seen him in debate, and he is always good. Winning smile, yes, but also very substantive ideas and concern for the Jewish people and Israel.
    With the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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