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  • My Interview with the Department of Homeland Security!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 1, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Years ago, I had applied for a position with the Department of Homeland Security.  Why would I apply for a position with the Homeland Security?  Who knows…  Remember my post about my ADD, and pins in my ass?  Well, that’s why.  This was right after 9/11, and they just formed this new...

  • White House confirms receipt of Pollard clemency letter

    January 6, 2011 | 10:32 am

    President Obama has received a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, requesting clemency for convicted spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    “I think it is important to underscore that Mr. Pollard was convicted of some of the most serious crimes that anybody can be...

  • My declaration of independents

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 6, 2010 | 11:55 am

    I think I’ve figured out how to get the White House to pay attention. 

    Clearly, being a Democrat doesn’t do the trick.  I can clamor all I want about bankers’ bonuses, carbon emissions, Net Neutrality – you know, the kind of promises that candidate Obama ran on.  But if...

  • Two Israelis to receive U.S. science medal

    October 18, 2010 | 10:36 am

    Two Israeli scientists have been chosen to receive the U.S. National Medal of Science.

    Yakir Aharonov and Amnon Yariv will be among 10 scientists to receive the award from President Obama at a mid-November ceremony at the White House for their outstanding contributions to the...

  • White House briefs Reform rabbis on oil spill

    August 5, 2010 | 1:44 pm

    A White House official briefed Reform rabbis on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Wednesday’s conference call is held annually by the Central Conference of America Rabbis before the High Holidays to provide rabbis with information about current events for their sermons. Last...

  • White House meets with rabbis to assuage concerns on Israel

    May 14, 2010 | 11:59 am

    If you tell the rabbis, they will spread the word.

    That was the thinking behind two intimate White House meetings—the second of which took place on Thursday—with a carefully selected slate of 15 rabbis from across the country and representing the Orthodox, Reform and Conservative...

  • Israeli interior minister, top White House staffer meet

    April 29, 2010 | 11:27 am

    Israel’s interior minister met with the U.S. deputy national security adviser charged with Israel policy.

    The meeting Wednesday of Eli Yishai, who also heads Israel’s religious Shas Party, and Dan Shapiro was to get acquainted, a U.S. official told JTA. Shapiro told Yishai they...

  • AJWS joins critique of White House on Sudan vote

    April 21, 2010 | 11:38 am

    The American Jewish World Service joined other human rights groups in criticizing the Obama administration for not exacting consequences on Sudan for elections seen as flawed.

    In its statement Tuesday on this month’s Sudan elections, the White House said that “political rights and...

  • Doctor Calms Radiation Fears With Nature Photos

    By Rachel Heller

    March 11, 2009 | 3:29 am

    The walls of Dr. Bernard Lewinsky’s office resemble the pages of a National Geographic calendar: sweeping lake vistas and verdant forests brush up against sculptured rock formations and sun-mottled Yosemite hills. Looking at his photographs, patients remember vacations, times when...

  • Jewish organizations mostly at ease with Obama appointees

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 24, 2008 | 7:49 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Barack Obama's "team of rivals" is turning into a collection well known to the Jewish community, which should comfort those who expressed apprehension about who the president-elect would appoint to his Cabinet.

    Obama is fulfilling pledges he made during a grueling...

  • VIDEO:  Obama roasts Emanuel, says he’s the ‘Angel of Death’ for GOP

    By The Web Guy

    November 10, 2008 | 7:43 pm

    CSPAN rebroadcast a roast from 2005 where Barack Obama takes on his future White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel


  • ‘Bubkis’ at the White House

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 31, 2007 | 12:38 am

    The ‘mama loshen’ made it to the White House Monday, voiced for the gaggle by Presidental Cantor Tony Snow.

    Regarding continued investigations of Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, Snow said:

    “Well, what’s interesting is that there have been all these hearings on the Attorney...

  • Washington, D. C.: Progress on both sides of the aisle

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The partisan atmosphere surrounding the president's State of the Union address will only get nastier as we approach the 2008 presidential race. So now might be the best time to take a moment and reflect on the greater good that is served by Jewish activism in all political parties....
  • Kaplan’s Collage

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Here's Marty Kaplan blogging on Huffington Post about suggested treatments for Mel Gibson's "problem":
    "'Jew Like Me' is another strategy. Walk a mile in my shoes. Gain 10 pounds at my table. Wait two hours after lunch before swimming. Laugh that ironic meta-laugh right along with...
  • Tour Keeps ‘American Idol’ Runner-up on the Run

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Elliott YaminElliott Yamin is on the summer road trip of his life, but it's no vacation. The second runner-up on the most recent "American Idol" has been performing as part of the "American Idols Live Tour 2006" since early July -- not to mention promoting the heck out of it -- when he's not on...

  • Libby, Judaism and the Leak Probe

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Joshua Muravchik, perhaps the pre-eminent expert on the interventionist foreign policy that has become known as neo-conservatism, was looking for non-Jewish neo-cons to prove that the movement isn't pervasively Jewish, he naturally included Lewis Libby.

    "Non-Jews figuring...

  • Clinton Still Can’t Figure Arafat

    By Tom Tugend

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Although he left the White House nearly five years ago, former President Bill Clinton is still deeply concerned about the Middle East and remains puzzled by his last-minute failure to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    "There hasn't been one day since I left office that...

  • What a Difference a Day Makes

    By Tom Tugend

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's the contrasts that make life interesting.

    Last Friday, I was in the East Room of the White House, along with George,

    Laura, Dick, Karl and Don.

    For provincials outside the Beltway, that's, of course, President Bush, the first lady, Vice President Cheney, political guru Rove and...

  • War Hero’s Medal Wait Finally Ends

    By Tom Tugend

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Next Friday, as Tibor Rubin enters the White House, generals will stand at rigid attention. The president of the United States also will rise and then drape the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for gallantry in combat, around the neck of the 76-year-old Holocaust survivor...

  • Roberts Draws Little Jewish Opposition

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    So far, the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court has ruffled few feathers in the American Jewish community.

    Many Jewish organization leaders were poised to fiercely oppose a conservative nominee -- and to earmark resources to influence senators who must confirm...

  • Q & A With Ari Fleischer

    By Tom Tugend

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary and assistant to President Bush, will participate in the University of Judaism's 2004 Public Lecture Series opening Jan. 26.

    Following the sold-out success of the previous two series, next year's Monday evening lineup at the...

  • Four Words Slow Fight Against Terror

    By James D. Besser

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    At home, the Bush administration is trying to convince a dubious nation that it needs even more law-enforcement powers to wage an effective war against terrorism, and around the world it continues to wage an uphill battle to enlist the rest of the world in the fight. But those...

  • Anne Frank’s Words Resonate In The Center Of World Power

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There is no better place to understand the powerful forces and fault lines of American identity than Washington. I arrived in the evening at Dulles Airport, and my cab driver, I soon discovered, was Iranian. As we drove, he told me his life story: He had been an ambassador to Moscow...

  • A Chanukah in the ‘People’s House’

    By Dr. Joel Geiderman

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The invitation to the White House was completely unexpected. It arrived in a caligraphied envelope, with a Chanukah stamp in the corner and a menorah showing through.

    A Chanukah card, I thought, but I was wrong. There was a gold presidential seal at the top of the card and a few...

  • Surreal in the City

    By Peter Ephross

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even for North American Jews used to thinking about security issues at home -- and confronting terrorist acts in Israel -- the series of horrific acts that struck Tuesday came as a devastating, unimaginable blow.

    "This is surreal. This whole situation seems surreal," said Martin...

  • Israel-Bashing Feared at Racism Conference

    By James D. Besser

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel-Bashing Feared at Racism Conference

    Jewish groups and Israeli diplomats met in London last week to map out strategies for fighting Arab and Muslim efforts to hijack an upcoming international conference on racism that is shaping up as the biggest bash-Israel session ever.


  • What next for Capitol Hill?

    By Sharon Samber

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    With the November elections just around the corner, Jewish observers and activists are predicting that no matter who wins control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Jewish communal agenda will encounter some of the same legislative hurdles it faced in the 106th...

  • Flip Side of Gun Debate

    By James D

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    This week the debate over gun control -- already not a model of civil democratic dialogue -- reached new depths when the National Rifle Association (NRA) accused President Bill Clinton of tolerating gun violence to further his own narrow political ends.

    The White House denounced the...

  • U.S. at Center Stage in Syria Talks

    By James D

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    They were called "Syrian-Israeli" talks, but this week's second round of negotiations between the two countries was very much an American affair -- in a storybook small town chosen by the White House, with President Clinton playing host and mediator.

    So it was no surprise that when...

  • Can Bush Win the Jewish Vote?

    By Michael Shapiro

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    After being vanquished from the White House nearly eight years ago, much of the Republican establishment is putting its faith -- and cash -- behind George W. Bush to lead the party back to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    Many Jewish Republicans appear to be no different.

    After politely...

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