Obama

Touting Obama’s Jewish Creds

The president really wants American Jews to like him. But he can’t seem to overcome the perception he’s anti-Israel.
02/06/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Boca Raton, Fla. — President Barack Obama discredited the Goldstone Report critical of the way the Israeli military fought a war against Hamas in Gaza in December 2008.

President Obama at Yad Vashem in July 2008. A similar image is part of  a new video stressing his ties to Israel. getty images

Potential Good News For Obama On The Jewish Vote?

In news that will gladden the hearts of Jewish Republicans, the Pew Research Center came out with data today that shows a slide by members of the tribe toward the GOP.

Obama A Clear And Present Danger?

Assassination column an extreme example of Jews who see the president as sinister.
01/23/2012 - 19:00

When news outlets began reporting last Friday that the owner of the Atlanta Jewish Times had published an opinion column seemingly suggesting that Israel might be wise to assassinate President Barack Obama, condemnations rained from every corner of the organized Jewish community, and by Monday, the publisher announced that he was resigning his position and putting up his newspaper for sale.

Obama Names Orthodox Jew As Next Chief Of Staff

01/09/2012 - 19:00

President Obama named Jacob J. Lew,  an Orthodox Jew, to be his next chief of staff.

Lew will replace William Daley, who will be leaving at the end of the month.

Obama announced the personnel changes Monday at a press conference.

Lew is the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level position and a post he also filled during the Clinton administration. He previously was Obama's deputy secretary of state.

President Obama congratulates his new chief of staff, Jacob J. Lew on Monday.

URJ Biennial Recap Days 3 and 4: "A Shabbat Of Wholeness"

12/17/2011 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I’ve had some incredible Shabbat experiences in my lifetime thus far…but this past Friday and Saturday have won the prize for best ever. Biennial attendees woke up Friday morning, and most of us only thought about one word: “Obama.” Yes, friends, President Barack Obama was going to be paying us all a visit at the 71st URJ Biennial here in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Obama To Reform Jews: No Administration Has Done More For Israel

12/16/2011 - 19:00
JTA

President Obama told a gathering of Reform Jewry not to let anyone challenge his record of support for Israel, which he said was "unprecedented."

"No U.S. administration has done more in support of Israel's security than ours -- none," he said in an address Friday afternoon to more than 5,000 people at the biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism. "Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. It is a fact."

The crowd at a hotel in the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington gave him a standing ovation.

GOP Hopefuls -- Minus Ron Paul -- Address Republican Jewish Coalition

12/07/2011 - 19:00

Appearing with five fellow candidates at a Republican Jewish Coalition forum, Newt Gingrich called for “a dramatically rethought strategy for the Middle East.”

Where Are The Good Candidates For President?

11/30/2011 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I am not among those who routinely dismiss President Obama’s presidency as a failure, nor do I count myself among those who see him as an enemy of Israel.  I regard him as a good and honorable man- a thoughtful man- who was swept into office on the wings of his great oratorical skills.  In so doing, he carried on his back the desperate hopes of an American people, fearful that the economic meltdown of 2008 was destroying the way of life that they had come to know, and depend on.

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

The Ravitch Switch: Searching for Answers to the Radical Transformation of Education Critic Diane Ravitch

Ever since her fierce polemic against the school reform movement, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” which came out last year, Diane Ravitch has become a ubiquitous voice in the raging education debate.  It is not only because her writing is so cogent and ostensibly fact-driven, but also because her striking transformation—from one-time school reform champion, to sudden critic—that she has turned many heads.

The Ravitch Switch: Searching for Answers to the Radical Transformation of Education Critic Diane Ravitch

Ever since her fierce polemic against the school reform movement, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” which came out last year, Diane Ravitch has become an ubiquitous voice in the raging education debate.  It is not only because her writing is so cogent and ostensibly fact-driven, but also because her striking transformation—from one-time school reform champion, to sudden critic—that she has turned many heads.

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