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Poll Shows Jewish Support For Obama At 64 Percent

06/12/2012

A new Gallop poll shows President Barack Obama winning 64 percent of the Jewish vote in November’s election, a number that would represent a 24-year low in the Jewish vote for a Democratic presidential candidate.

By comparison, Jewish support for Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the Gallop poll is at 29 percent, which would be a new high among Republican candidates.

Obama on Jews and American History: A Speech Worth Remembering

Shame on me for not knowing that May was Jewish American Heritage Month.  To be sure, it lacks the profile of Black History Month, but apparently in Washington it’s a big deal.  I was reminded of that when I read about Obama’s closing remarks at the White House on Wednesday, when he took pains to highlight the central anecdote of historian Jonathan Sarna’s new book, “When General Grant Expelled the Jews.”

Ohio Jews Poised For Big Impact In November

Jewish vote in key swing state could prove crucial if turnout is high.

05/29/2012
Staff Writer

Cincinnati — Out here in the America between the coasts, in what may be the most prized electoral catch of all come November, Sam Samet is President Barack Obama's worst nightmare.

And Michael Heines is Mitt Romney's.

Sipping a cup of coffee after the morning minyan at suburban Adath Israel Synagogue, Samet, 77, said he voted for Obama four years ago. But now, three years into the president's rocky term, the lifelong Democrat is so disenchanted with him that he might sit out the election.

VP choice? Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, left, with Mitt Romney. getTy images

Gambling On Gay Marriage

Will Obama’s move rally liberal Jews — or drive away what’s left of his Orthodox supporters?

05/15/2012
Staff Writer

Most American Jews, who continue to overwhelmingly vote Democratic, will likely see President Barack Obama’s announcement last week that he supports gay marriage as further reason to vote for him. After all, a “Jewish values” poll released last month by the Public Religion Research Institute found 81 percent support the right of same-sex couples to marry.

President Barack Obama revealed that his views had changed. getty images

Cornel West: On Chesed, Hamlet, and the Jewish Prophet Amos

You may remember the uproar Cornel West, the Zelig-like black scholar, caused last year when he viciously attacked Obama on the liberal website Truthdig.  The big news was that West—a prominent voice in American public life, but especially within the black community—had turned against the man he spent much of the 2008 campaigning for.  But there was a lesser-noticed quote in that interview that raised many Jewish eyebrows.  Embedded in his criticism that Obama wasn’t quite black enough, he said that Obama seemed “most comfortable with upper-¬middle

Anxiety In Both Camps As General Campaign Begins

Can Romney tack to center to pull in Jews? Will economy spoil Obama’s outreach?

04/24/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

As the general election campaign kicks off in earnest, the Jewish strategies of President Barack Obama and the presumptive GOP nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, are coming into sharper focus.

And for both camps, a sense of anxiety looms.

Mitt Romney, left, and President Barack Obama.

Presidential Pledge: ‘Never Again’

04/24/2012
Staff Writer

A week after the commemoration of one modern genocide and a day before the anniversary of another, President Barack Obama toured the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington this week and invoked the legacy of the Shoah to pledge government action against future mass murder.

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Obama, Netanyahu Differ Publicly On Iran

04/17/2012

Exposing a rift with Israel, U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday insisted that the U.S. has not “given anything away” in recently renewed nuclear talks with Iran.

Obama said he believed there was still time for diplomacy. His assessment, delivered at the close of a Latin American summit in Colombia, came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said the U.S. and world powers had given Tehran a “freebie” by agreeing to hold more talks next month.

Can Obama Be Trusted To Save Israel?

04/03/2012
Editor And Publisher

Let me make clear at the outset: I don’t know what Israel plans to do about the Iran nuclear threat, and I don’t have any new advice for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about what actions he should or should not take as he and his government face an impossible dilemma.

But I do know that the mainstream press (and especially The New York Times) has had a steady drumbeat of reports these last few weeks characterizing Israel unfairly in the delicate diplomatic dance of Jerusalem, Washington and Tehran.

Gary Rosenblatt

Jewish Values Survey: Social Justice Is Central; Obama At 62 Percent

04/03/2012
Staff Writer

A majority of American Jews are welcoming of immigrants, favorably disposed towards American Muslims, support legalizing same-sex marriage, favor legal abortions and oppose overturning the recent health care law, according to a Jewish Values Survey released Tuesday.

It is perhaps no wonder then that the campaigns of this year’s Republican presidential candidates have had little resonance with most American Jews.

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