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  • 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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  • Pollard supporters shut down White House switchboard

    June 20, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Supporters of Jonathan Pollard shut down the White House switchboard after flooding it with calls urging his release to attend his father’s funeral. 

    Israel also said Sunday that it would officially request that the Obama administration let Jonathan Pollard leave prison for a brief...

  • Obama appoints three to Holocaust council

    June 10, 2011 | 2:25 pm

    President Obama appointed a pioneer of the Taglit-Birthright Israel program, a prominent Holocaust historian and a top Jewish Democratic activist to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which governs the national Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C.

    The White House announced the...

  • White House posts defense of its Israel policies

    June 3, 2011 | 2:19 pm

    The White House website posted a defense of President Obama’s Israel record, and several prominent Jewish Democrats penned Op-Eds defending his policies.

    “President Obama: Advancing Israel’s Security and Supporting Peace,” which appeared online on Friday, addressed the controversy...

  • U.S. visit “important” and Americans supportive, Netanyahu says

    May 26, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Benjamin Netanyahu called his visit to Washington “important,” and said he found “broad American support for Israel’s fundamental claims.”

    The Israeli prime minister made his comments upon his return to Israel following a visit to Washington, where he addressed both Houses of the...

  • Bibi’s Heckler: To Seize or Not to Seize

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 25, 2011 | 5:27 pm

    Halfway through Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Monday I was confronted by a moral dilemma. A woman protester two seats away from me had infiltrated the speech, pulled out a red anti-Israel flag, and started hurling curses about Israel. The...

  • What Obama should tell Israeli Netanyahu when they meet in the White House Friday

    May 18, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    What President Obama should tell Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu when they meet in the White House Friday:

    (…) Anyway, Bibi, in the past several weeks I’ve been working with my staff on Mideast policy speeches. So, the Middle East has been on my mind. And I’ve...

  • L.A. leaders visit White House in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 17, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    Four leaders of the Los Angeles Jewish community were among about 200 people who met President Barack Obama during a White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

    “To be inside the home of the locus of power of our country and for Western democracy is a pretty...

  • White House hosts heritage month festivities [VIDEO]

    May 17, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    President Obama hosted a reception for Jewish American Heritage Month.

    The reception Tuesday was less formal than the inaugural one last year, with brief remarks and a small Marine Corps band playing klezmer music.

    The 300 invitees included “grass-roots Jewish community leaders...

  • White House: Israel has a right to defend borders

    May 16, 2011 | 10:45 am

    The White House said Israel has a right to defend itself from unauthorized border crossings and blamed Syria for “inciting” violence.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney on Monday addressed incidents along Israel’s Lebanon, Syria and Gaza Strip borders the day before in which...

  • UPDATE: Chasidic paper removes Hillary Clinton from photo, apologizes

    May 10, 2011 | 11:19 am

    UPDATE: Yiddish-language paper Der Zeitung has released statement apologizing for the altered White House photo in which Hillary Clinton was removed, CBS News reports.

    Der Zeitung has now released a statement saying that “[w]e should not have published the altered picture, and we...

  • Obama to host 2nd Jewish heritage reception

    May 9, 2011 | 10:53 am

    President Obama will host another Jewish American Heritage Month reception, days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington.

    The White House announced plans for the May 17 reception on Monday. “The reception will highlight and celebrate the history and...

  • Standing at the White House following news that Osama bin Laden was killed

    May 2, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    Back at the hotel after a moving video celebrating 50 years of the Religious Action Center and an inspiring speech by Vice President Al Gore, news broke that U.S. Forces had killed Osama bin Laden. We paused briefly to digest the information and to watch CNN. Suddenly our congregants...

  • White House: Egyptian government should keep peace with Israel

    February 11, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    The next Egyptian government should recognize its peace with Israel, the White House said.

    “It’s important that the next government of Egypt recognize the accords that have been signed with Israel,” spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a news conference after President Obama congratulated...

  • U.S. won’t interfere in Egyptian transition, White House official says

    February 3, 2011 | 10:16 am

    A senior White House official told Jewish leaders that the United States does not deal with the Muslim Brotherhood but would not interfere in the Egyptian transition process.

    Dan Shapiro, the senior National Security Council official dealing with Israel and its neighbors, briefed...

  • U.S. won’t interfere in Egyptian transition, White House official says

    February 3, 2011 | 12:10 am

    A senior White House official told Jewish leaders that the United States does not deal with the Muslim Brotherhood but would not interfere in the Egyptian transition process.

    Dan Shapiro, the senior National Security Council official dealing with Israel and its neighbors, briefed...

  • 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

     

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