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Truth Must Have A Place In A Synagogue

04/10/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

In a shocking violation of their spiritual obligations as clerics, in an op-ed posted on The Jewish Week website (“Hate Speech Has No Place in a Synagogue”), Rabbis Michael White and Jerome Davidson defame my work and me, while falsely claiming that I am “defaming fellow Americans of a different Abrahamic religion.” They have obviously never read my work — my columns or my books. They falsely accuse me of hate speech and have the chutzpah to invoke Jewish teachings.

Pamela Geller

Romney Launches Foreign Policy Attack On Obama

Will his pivot from economy to Mideast issues move the needle in the Jewish community?

10/03/2012
Staff Writer

Is it suddenly not the economy, stupid, but foreign policy?

With only 34 days left before Election Day, and after a campaign dominated by a sputtering economy, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched a new line of attack this week, leveling a strong critique of President Barack Obama’s policy in the Middle East.

But will it move voters in the Jewish community, for whom domestic and social issues tend to be paramount?

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Romney charged that the president “has allowed our leadership to atrophy.” Getty Images

More Bad News For Mitt

In the wake of the Republican presidential candidate’s widely criticized remarks that the 47 percent of Americans who back President Obama are “dependent on government” and don’t pay income tax comes an ominous survey from the American Jewish Commitee.

According to an AJC poll, 69 percent of Florida's Jewish voters favor Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. Getty Images.

Russian Speakers Get The White House Treatment

Meeting is first visit of its kind for diverse group of Jewish émigrés; election-year politics in the air.

08/14/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent

Leaders of New York’s Russian-Jewish community attended a White House meeting last week with their eyes wide open. They knew that election-year politics might have influenced the invitation, several members of the delegation said.

Alan Krueger, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, addresses members of the Russian-Jewish community.

Challenging Ourselves To Consider 'The Other'

05/22/2012

When it comes to addressing the Israeli/Palestinian relationship, it is time for the American Jewish community to take Hillel’s injunction, a pragmatic progenitor of The Golden Rule, more seriously. By challenging ourselves to examine our words and actions from the perspective of “the Other” we might be better equipped to act with the compassion God demands of us.

Obama 61-28 Over Romney In New AJC Poll; Wide Gender Gap In President’s Favor

04/30/2012
Staff Writer

President Barack Obama would receive 61 percent of the Jewish vote compared with just 28 percent for former Gov. Mitt Romney if the election was held now.

Most religiously observant Jews (weekly synagogue-goers) said they plan to re-elect Obama. Two-thirds of Jewish women plan to do the same, compared to 55 percent of Jewish men.

Survey Shows How U.S. Latinos View Jews In America

04/17/2012

A survey by the American Jewish Committee on Latino-Jewish relations shows that positive Latino views about Jews tend to correlate with how much contact Latinos have with Jews, as well as their levels of levels of education, income and acculturation.

Eighteen percent of Latinos in the survey were shown to be highly familiar with Jews and 31 percent were not familiar with them at all.

Remembering Bookie

"Legendary" is the word most often used to describe Hyman Bookbinder, who died this week at the age of 95. 

Hyman Bookbinder

Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus set to launch

Talk about good timing: this week the American Jewish Committee is launching a congressional Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus, chaired by Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-FL).

Why good timing? Earlier this month the Census Bureau released a report showing that the nation's Hispanic population is growing faster than just about any other segment.

AIPAC Likes Obama’s Clarification On ‘67 Lines

05/23/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said it "appreciated" President Obama's clarification that he did not expect Israel to return to its 1967 lines.

"In particular, we appreciate his statement that the U.S. does not expect Israel to withdraw to the boundaries that existed between Israel and Jordan in 1967 before the Six-Day War," the pro-Israel lobby said in a statement released after Obama delivered a speech Sunday to its annual policy conference.

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