Barack Obama

Obama Adds Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright To Freedom Medal List

04/27/2012

Madeleine Albright, Bob Dylan, Shimon Peres and Jan Karski will be among 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The list was released Thursday. President Obama had previously announced that he was set to confer the medal on Peres, the Israeli president, and Karski, the late Polish resistance fighter who was among the first to document the Nazi genocide.

Obama's Holocaust Museum Speech: The Political Fallout

Was Barack Obama suddenly so "shocked, shocked" to find out that modern day atrocities are going on around the world that he decided to do more about it? 

Obama At Holocaust Museum Pledges To Stand By Israel, Fight Atrocities

04/23/2012

President Obama in an address at a Holocaust remembrance event said he would "always be there for Israel" and defended his administration's record on preventing atrocities.

Obama spoke Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a few days after Holocaust Remembrance Day. Prior to his address, he took a tour of the museum guided by Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust memoirist and Nobel Peace laureate.

Looking At The Candidates, Looking At Ourselves

03/09/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Judging by the volume and nature of some of the comments posted to my article on Rick Santorum in last week’s Jewish Week, I seem to have touched a raw nerve in some readers. I assume that to be the case because of the tone of some of the postings, which is, shall we say, dismissive of my point of view.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Israel’s Impossible Choice

03/06/2012
Editorial

On Tuesday, many of the 14,000 delegates to this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference — by far the largest attendance ever — fanned out across Capitol Hill, with more than 500 meetings planned with congressmen and the staffs of all 100 senators. Their message: the U.S. should close ranks with Israel and get tougher with Iran.

URJ Biennial Recap – Day 5: "Hineni"

12/19/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Is it really over already? We spend two years looking forward to each Union for Reform Judaism Biennial, only to have the five days of learning, singing, laughing, and praying go by much too quickly. Many of my friends and colleagues liken the feeling to our sadness leaving overnight camp at the end of each summer – we miss it immediately, and can’t wait for the next time that we are all together again.

Rabbi Bellows is rabbi of Temple B'nai Torah in Wantagh. A graduate of Brandeis University, she was ordained by HUC-JIR in 2004.

Santorum, Obama And Appeasement

It  was somewhat jarring this week to see the President of the United States take to his podium to figuratively hold up the head of Osama bin Laden as a political trophy. But that's what Barack Obama felt compelled to do after Republican contenders Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney  accused the commander-in-chief of "appeasement" of America's enemies.

Is Marrying Jewish Becoming A Requirement For Gentile Political Families?

Just in case you were worried that high-power political families want nothing to do with Jews, I thought I’d let you know that Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter is apparently marrying a Jewish doctor.

Hikind Endorses Republican In Special Congress Race

09/07/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

With less than a week until voters in the 9th Congressional District pick their new repesentative, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind threw his support behind Republican Bob Turner to succceed Anthony Weiner.

Obama Reads Israel: David Grossman's "To the End of the Land" and the Politics of a President's Reading List

This week brought news that Obama is reading David Grossman's novel "To the End of the Land" while summering on Martha's Vineyard.  It was one of the best reviewed book's last year, and that it focuses on an Israeli mother whose son is killed in yet another Arab war, is probably lost on no one. Certainly not Jews.

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