Barack Obama

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.

Wearing Your Politics On Your Sleeve

For those who literally want to wear their politics, your favorite candidate has (or soon will have) a line of apparel and souvenirs, including yarmulkes and other gear with logos in English and transliterated Hebrew.

Much of it comes from third party paraphernalia peddlers but some of the campaigns will be selling their own to raise money.

Part of the author's political button collection.

Obama Tries To Regain Jewish Support, May Visit Israel

07/05/2011

The Obama re-election campaign reportedly is assembling a team to fight back against conservative critics of the president's position on Israel, and a visit to Israel may soon be in the works.

The campaign is assembling a group of high-profile figures who are respected in the Jewish community to counter criticism against Obama and to push back against attacks, Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent reported Saturday in his The Plum Line blog.

Obama to Jewish Donors: Israel and the U.S. Need ‘Fresh Eyes’

06/21/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama told Jewish donors to his reelection campaign that Israel and the United States must assess the new Middle East with "fresh eyes."

Poll: Americans’ Views on Mideast Largely Unchanged

06/14/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Americans' views on Middle East issues have not changed in recent months, despite major headlines from the region, according to a new poll.

Democrats Launch Major Pro-Obama Pushback Among Jews

06/07/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama is a stalwart friend of Israel.

That’s the message some top Democratic Jewish figures are promoting to push back against the notion that Obama is out of step with the pro-Israel and Jewish communities.

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