Bernie’s Brand Of Jewishness

Sanders doesn’t often use the phrase ‘tikkum olam,’ but his socialist, universalist style of Judaism resonates.

02/16/2016 - 19:03
Special To The Jewish Week

So far in this presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders’ most visible appearance as a Jew came a few weeks ago when he talked about wanting to seem less Jewish.

Bernie Sanders in Nevada. Getty Images

Feeling ‘Great’ As Prospect Of ‘First Jewish President’ Nears

As crowd chants 'Bernie' at packed victory bash, Sanders spokesman praises win as step toward a political milestone.

02/09/2016 - 20:07
Special Correspondent

Concord, N.H. — As volunteers danced to 'Burn Baby Burn' and chanted ‘Bernie, Bernie’ to the theme from “Rocky,” a Sanders campaign spokesman praised the win as a milestone for American Jews.

“I think we can all feel great that we might have the first Jewish president,” Tad Devine told The Jewish Week at a raucous victory party after the Vermont senator became the first member of the tribe to win a presidential primary. (While Republican Barry Goldwater's father was Jewish, he was raised Episcopalian.) 

Bernie Sanders, with his wife, Jane O'Meara, at right, greets supporters after winning the New Hampshire primary. Getty Images

Post-Iowa, 5 Questions For Jewish Voters

Looking to New Hampshire, and beyond.

02/02/2016 - 16:20

The Iowa caucuses are over — and the first real test of the presidential candidates’ viability gave us more questions than answers.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participating in a town hall forum last week at Drake University in Des Moines

Clinton Makes Her Power To Persuade Israel A Selling Point

Tells Iowa town-hall meeting she talked leaders out of military action; Sanders stresses opposition to Iraq War.

01/27/2016 - 09:29

Hillary Rodham Clinton made her ability to talk Israel’s leadership down from military action a centerpiece of her foreign policy credentials.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participating in a town hall forum Monday at Drake University in Iowa.

Politics Takes A Rest In Iowa

01/27/2016 - 09:10

Some 50 presidential campaign staffers and volunteers, journalists and local movers and shakers from Des Moines, Iowa’s capital city’s Jewish community munched on house salads inside a stately ballroom at the downtown World Food Prize building last Friday night as Aliza Kline welcomed them to Shabbat dinner.

A Bernie Sanders yarmulke seen at a campaign event earlier this month in Marshalltown, Iowa. Getty Images via JTA

Why I Support Hillary Clinton For President

She will apply deep strategic thinking to deal with the foreign policy issues confronting us.

12/22/2015 - 12:38
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of opinion pieces advocating for candidates in the 2016 presidential race.

American exceptionalism, the doctrine that the United States, as a people and a nation imbued with democratic values, has the unique ability and responsibility to promote these values on the world stage, needs to be a major component of how our leadership views the challenges facing our country.

Menachem Genack

GOP Candidates Woo Top Jews

Bucking polls, RJC members cheer Rubio, Cruz and Bush.

12/08/2015 - 19:00
Associate Editor

The Republican Jewish Coalition’s presidential “primary” last week in Washington — offering more than $100 million in contributions, but let’s not talk about money — was likely the most important preliminary event of the campaign. It was the only event (aside from debates) that all the Republican candidates agreed to participate in, and it marked a clear distinction between Jewish Republicans and non-Jewish Republicans: The “outsiders,” Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, prominent in polls and among pundits, made little serious impact at the RJC, while proven Israel loyalists Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush received the biggest ovations, according to several RJC directors.

Third in national polls, Marco Rubio, above, along with Ted Cruz. GETTY IMAGES

The Politics Of Additional Aid For Israel

After Bibi-Obama meeting, local Jewish House members weigh in on the road ahead.

11/09/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama Monday to “focus on how to go forward,” but some believe he should have also tried to make amends with Congressional Democrats — a view rejected by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Queens, L.I.).

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House on Monday. Getty Images

Non-Religious Voters Present A Puzzle For Political Parties

11/05/2015 - 19:00

Political candidates are facing a new reality: Within the Democratic coalition, there are more religiously unaffiliated voters than belong to any single religious group.

A girl, top right, sits above a campaign town hall meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. RNS

Council Mulls Hate Crime Bill

Diverse coalition pushes for NYPD to add bias category to weekly ‘compstat’ reports.

10/18/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Editor

The City Council is considering a bill that would require the NYPD to include a hate crimes category in its weekly report on neighborhood crime statistics.

The hate crime category would include (but not be limited to) crimes motivated by hostility towards Jews, blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians, Muslims, people of any other ethnicity or religious group, members of the LGBT community and people with disabilities.

The bill's sponsors, from left, Vanessa Gibson, I. Daneek Miller, Mark Levine and Ritchie Torres. William Alatriste/NYC Council
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