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Obama to speak at Union for Reform Judaism biennial

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 27, 2011 | 8:25 pm

O-ba-ma! ... O-ba-ma! The president is going to be addressing attendees at the Union for Reform Judaism biennial. Here’s the story from JTA:

The Union for Reform Judaism said Thursday that Obama would address the Dec. 14-18 policymaking conference at a location in the greater Washington area, and the White House confirmed that the speech would take place.

Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center, has advised Obama’s White House on a number of issues, particularly those related to the intersection of faith and public policy.

Obama has had a hit-and-miss relationship with the American Jewish community, largely due to differing sentiments on his treatment of Israel. With his reelection campaign getting rolling, I’d assume that this is a strategic move to shore up his support.

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