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The Election And The Jewish Vote: Coming Into The Homestretch

What will happen prior to November 6th?

The Last One Hundred Days: Rhetoric, Money and Target Constituencies

With approximately 100 days to the November elections, the intensity of the campaign has accelerated. One can identify four core elements: focusing on fund raising, escalating the political rhetoric, studying key voter trends,  and creating new organizing initiatives.

Hate and Politics: How Anti-Semites Interpret the Contemporary Political Scene

 

Jews have always encountered anti-Semitism. In this society, however, unlike many in which Jews have resided, one finds limited expressions of religious hatred or political attacks, yet such messages are still present. In surveying websites and political commentaries in preparation for this fall's election, one can identify a number of traditional anti-Jewish themes interlocked with political rhetoric. Among the most common messages:

"Jewish influence and control" in its various forms and iterations over politics, finances, and media

Jews as the New WASPS

As American census data suggests this nation is undergoing a significant and rapid change in its ethnic, racial and social orientation. For the first time in US history, racial and ethnic minorities outnumber caucasians – white births make up fewer than half the children born in the country, according to the US Census Bureau.

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.

Politics and Money: High Stakes Jewish Engagement

Follow the money! One of the keys to studying a political campaign is to identify the “flow” of financial support for a candidate. Then, why is it that so much Jewish money remains on the sidelines for the 2012 Presidential Election? In 2008 candidates in both parties were receiving significantly more Jewish financial attention at this stage in the campaign, so what accounts for this different storyline?

Jews that Count, And the Rest of Us

How the 2012 Election Will Revolve Around a Selective Group of Voters

Are Younger Jews Paying their Dues? The Changing Landscape of Jewish Politics

Younger voters (those between the ages of 18-30) will be a target audience for both political parties this fall.

With the economic picture being bleak around job creation, higher gas prices, and the student loan debate, many younger voters may well be searching for political answers that meet their specific needs and concerns.

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