Barack Obama

Spectacles of History and A New Prescription for the Future

07/27/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

On Jan. 20, 2009 our 4-year-old daughter forced my husband and me to retrofit spectacles of prejudice.

What do I mean by that? That was the day on which Barack Obama was sworn into office, and as my husband and I watched the festivities unfold on television, Evie could not stop asking why so many people, especially those of color, were crying. She pushed, “Why are they sad, Mommy?” “Isn’t this a happy day? They get to see the president.”

Dori Frumin Kirshner

Obama Backs Olympic Moment Of Silence For Israeli Athletes

07/20/2012

President Obama joined the campaign for a moment of silence at the London Olympics to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympians at the 1972 Olympics.

“We absolutely support the campaign for a minute of silence at the Olympics to honor the Israeli athletes killed in Munich,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News in an email.

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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
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