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  • Obama celebrates Jewish petitioning of government

    May 30, 2012 | 5:38 pm

    President Obama celebrated the values of communities petitioning government at a White House reception honoring Jewish American Heritage Month.

    “We don’t just celebrate all that American Jews have done for our country; we also look toward the future,” he said.  “And as we do, I...

  • White House ‘regrets’ reference to ‘Polish death camp’

    May 30, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    The White House expressed its regrets about President Obama’s use of the term “Polish death camp.”

    In a statement Wednesday morning, Tommy Vietor, the spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, said the president “misspoke” during his presentation of a posthumous Medal of...

  • White House reassures Jews as it readies Baghdad offer to Iran

    May 22, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    The differences between the U.S. and Israeli positions on Iran’s nuclear program are about to become very clear, and the Obama administration is reassuring the Jewish community that the divide is not so vast.

    Administration officials in a meeting Monday with Jewish communal...

  • No change in White House approach to Israel following new coalition

    May 9, 2012 | 9:35 am

    The Obama administration will not change its policy approach toward Israel in light of the new government coalition, a White House spokesman said.

    “[A] new coalition government in Israel certainly will not affect our policy approach, and we continue to have very good relations with...

  • March 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 30, 2012 | 5:27 am

    Annan with a plan

    The Economist believes the UN-Arab League envoy’s plan to end the violence in Syria is far from an ideal solution.

    “A welcome bandage rather than a long-term solution,” is how a Syrian analyst describes the plan. Mr Assad, whose forces’ killing of 50...

  • Santorum’s Southern sweep mars Romney’s front-runner status

    March 14, 2012 | 8:54 am

    Rick Santorum swept two Southern states in Republican primaries, complicating Mitt Romney’s status as front-runner and all but burying Newt Gingrich’s chance for the nomination.

    Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who emerged from last place in polling as recently as December...

  • UCLA homeless aid group headed to White House

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 8, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    A UCLA student group that supports the homeless is headed to the White House, one of five initiatives to win the White House’s Campus Champions of Change Challenge. The White House selected 15 finalists from hundreds of applicants, and online voters chose the top five.


  • White House: Obama didn’t discuss bunker busters with Netanyahu

    March 8, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    A White House spokesman denied reports that President Obama promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bunker-buster bombs and refueling planes that could help in a military strike against Iran.

    “In meetings the president had there was no such agreement proposed or reached,”...

  • Obama and Netanyahu disagree, in private and in public

    March 6, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agree, at least in principle: Keep the talk on what to do about Iran behind closed doors. But once they’re behind those doors, they can’t agree — and they can’t seem to resist bringing their disagreements...

  • UCLA Homeless Aid Group Has White House Hopes

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 1, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    A UCLA student group that supports the homeless is one of 15 finalists in the White House’s Campus Champions of Change Challenge. The group was chosen from hundreds of applicants, and online voters will choose the top five.

    Rachel Sumekh, president of Swipes for the Homeless and...

  • Jewish groups urge White House to act on Sudan

    January 31, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    Jewish leaders delivered a letter to the White House urging action to allow food to reach hundreds of thousands of people facing starvation in Sudan’s border regions.

    Ruth Messinger, the president of the American Jewish World Service, and Rabbi Steve Gutow, the president of the...

  • With Jack Lew’s appointment, community once again has a White House address

    January 10, 2012 | 11:26 am

    President Obama on Monday announced that Jack Lew, currently his director of the Office of Budget and Management—a Cabinet-level position—would replace William Daley as White House chief of staff.

    Lew, 56, was chosen for his long years in government and his reputation as a skilled...

  • Report: Obama to name Lew to top White House slot

    January 9, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    President Obama reportedly will name Jack Lew to be his chief of staff.

    Lew, an Orthodox Jew, will replace William Daley, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.

    Lew is currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level position and a post he also...

  • White House warning: Assad must end crackdown or face ‘additional steps’

    December 21, 2011 | 10:54 am

    The Obama administration warned that the international community will take “additional steps” to pressure Syria’s rulers to end their crackdown unless they agree to the full withdrawal of forces from residential areas.

    The statement issued Wednesday by the White House, reiterating...

  • West Point’s Jewish choir sings for the president and diversity

    December 20, 2011 | 10:35 am

    It doesn’t get more “only in America” than this: A Christian president with an African-born Muslim father throws a Chanukah party at the White House, and the featured act is the West Point Jewish Chapel Cadet Choir—a group that serves as a beacon of Jewish pride and identity at...

  • Obama administration gets some of the leeway it sought in new Iran sanctions

    December 19, 2011 | 10:19 am

    New sanctions targeting Iran’s financial sector and its sale of crude oil give President Obama leeway to moderate their possible impact on oil markets and to use carrots as well as sticks to sway third parties into isolating the Islamic Republic.

    The sanctions target any foreign...

  • Iran sanctions compromise includes opt-outs sought by White House

    December 13, 2011 | 11:30 am

    A compromise congressional bill targeting Iran’s central bank includes opt-outs sought by the White House.

    The bill agreed upon by Senate and U.S. House of Representatives negotiators on Monday evening creates more leeway for the administration to opt out of cutting off entities...

  • Obama lights White House menorah at reception [VIDEO]

    December 9, 2011 | 11:55 am

    President Obama hosted 550 people at the White House Chanukah reception.

    The annual event, held Thursday in Washington, was attended by the president and vice-president and their wives and attracted a mix of Jewish dignitaries from the political, community and cultural worlds. The...

  • Hanukkah at the White House

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 9, 2011 | 6:02 am

  • Ross leaving White House

    November 10, 2011 | 2:34 pm

    Dennis Ross, the top Obama administration Middle East strategist, is leaving the White House.

    The White House on Thursday confirmed reports that Ross was set to leave by the end of the year.

    “Dennis Ross has an extraordinary record of public service, and has been a critical member...

  • White House: Obama pleased that Israeli soldier released

    October 18, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama is pleased that Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been freed and wants Israelis and Palestinians to take steps toward resuming peace negotiations, the White House said on Tuesday.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during the president’s bus...

  • White House to name new Jewish liaison

    September 26, 2011 | 5:05 pm

    The Obama administration reportedly is set to name Jarrod Bernstein, an official with the Department of Homeland Security, as its new Jewish community liaison.

    Bernstein will replace Danielle Borrin in mid-October, Washington Jewish Week reporter Adam Kredo reported over the weekend...

  • Jonathan Greenblatt to Head White House Innovation Unit

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 15, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    Jonathan Greenblatt, who served as chief executive of the company that oversees Good magazine and helped create All for Good, an online volunteer database, has been named the new director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.

    A longtime Jewish...

  • Rabbi Schneier briefs White House staff ahead of 9-11

    September 7, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    Rabbi Marc Schneier was among those who briefed White House staff ahead of September 11 commemorations.

    Schneier, as the vice president of the World Jewish Congress and a co-founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, was part of a group briefing staff on Tuesday ahead of...

  • Solving the White House photo mystery over ‘Jerusalem, Israel’

    August 16, 2011 | 11:14 am

    Jerusalem: To be or not to be part of Israel. That’s the question that White House administrations have tiptoed around for decades.

    The State Department neither recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital nor views the eastern part of the city—captured from Jordan in the...

  • White House: Syria would be a better place without Assad

    August 11, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    President Barack Obama emphasized his deep concern about the Syrian government’s use of violence against civilians in a phone call Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the White House said.

    The two leaders agreed that the bloodshed must immediately end, the White...

  • From the White House to our house: Why social justice matters

    August 10, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Two weeks ago, on July 29, 170 Jews from 16 states gathered at the White House. The reason: to make clear that growing an economy that works for all Americans is at the top of the Jewish communal agenda.

    The gathering included 12 of us from Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish...

  • Opinion: From the White House to our house: Why social justice matters

    August 8, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Last Friday, July 29, one hundred seventy Jews from sixteen states gathered at the White House.  The reason: to make clear that   growing an economy that works for all Americans is at the top of the Jewish communal agenda.

    The gathering included twelve of us from Progressive Jewish...

  • Jewish social justice groups meet with White House

    August 1, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    Representatives from progressive Jewish organizations met with White House officials.

    The 170 representatives came to the White House on July 29 for a policy briefing on issues including housing, health care and education. Members of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, an umbrella...

  • Engaging Egyptian Brotherhood is OK, White House tells Mizrahi

    June 30, 2011 | 11:01 am

    The Obama administration explained its readiness to engage Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in an e-mail to Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi of The Israel Project.

    “It’s important to remember that the Muslim Brotherhood is neither a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization nor designated under...

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