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Every now and then we hear stories about young people drinking at synagogue celebrations. Many synagogues now bar youngsters from drinking even wine – and with good cause. An 11-year-old boy was hospitalized recently in serious condition after drinking alcohol at his synagogue in Bnei Brak, according to The Times of Israel.

App designed by Ben Gurion University could be on Facebook soon.

Romney Says He'll Do The Opposite Of Obama On Israel

06/17/2012

Mitt Romney told an audience of Christian conservatives that he would do the “opposite” of what President Obama has done when it comes to Israel.

“I think, by and large, you can just look at the things the president has done and do the opposite,” Romney said Saturday in an address by video to a conference of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and the all but certain Republican presidential nominee, is in Pennsylvania, campaigning. The Faith and Freedom Coalition conference took place in Washington D.C.

Religion And Philosophy In The Shaping Of A President

Religious and social values of our Presidents have defined their ideas and shaped their public policies. Herbert Hoover’s Quaker ancestry, Bill Clinton’s Southern Baptist orientation, Jimmy Carter and his “born again” faith reflect but a selection of American Presidents who held strong religious beliefs that would also frame their presidencies.

A Presidential Blessing

06/06/2012

 Last week, I had the honor of sitting at a table with the President of the United States in the Roosevelt Room at The White House.  President Obama and his Chief of Staff, Jacob Lew, wanted to hear from Conservative rabbis from around the country.  It was a meeting I will remember for the rest of my life.

Rabbi Daniel Greyber at the White House.

Beyond Semantics: 'Polish Death Camps' And The Suffering Of A Nation

In Poland last year to help the small Jewish community of Poznan lead its Pesach seders, I spent some time in a small café down the street from the city’s former synagogue (serving since communist times as a municipal swimming pool) with the director of a small art gallery.

Polish camp, or Nazi camp in occupied Poland?

Romney To Meet In Boston With Jewish Donors

05/25/2012

 Mitt Romney is meeting with about 30 major Jewish donors to his presidential campaign as part of a "constituents day."

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and all-but-certain Republican nominee for president, will meet for about an hour with the donors in Boston on Thursday.

A donor who was invited told JTA that the purpose of the meeting would be an exchange of views.

There would be other meetings the same day with other constituent groups, the donor said, confirming reports of the meeting from a number of Jewish community officials.

Sendak's Legacy: Love and Art

Maurice Sendak was justly celebrated this week, as the many people who cherished his books poured out their appreciation and grief.

Maurice Sendak

Obama Gay Marriage Nod Praised By Many Jewish Groups

05/10/2012

 

A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage, and an Orthodox group said it was "disappointed."

"History will regard his affirmation of this core right for the LGBT community as a key moment in the advance of civil rights in America," the Reform movement's Religious Action Center said in a statement Wednesday. "While the President has long publicly supported civil unions, these are distinct from full marriage rights."

Obama: A Second Truman?

In an early election-season speech, in a campaign that finds the presidential incumbent often under attack as – at best – lukewarm to the interests of Israel, Vice President Biden delivered what he considered a knockout punch last week.

President Obama, Biden declared during a speech at New York University marking Israel’s 64th anniversary, is second only to the commander-in-chief widely considered the Jewish State’s best friend ever in the White House.

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.

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