In First Primary Battleground, Jews Are Non-Factor

A Jewish Republican in New Hampshire seems to be a rare commodity.
01/02/2012 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

As the nation’s political attention pivots from Iowa to New Hampshire this week, Rabbi Levi Krinsky, the emissary of Chabad Lubavitch in Manchester for the past 22 years, is feeling a little lonely.

Without a Democratic primary fight, the Jews of this fiercely independent state, who number about 10,000, aren’t being courted as heavily as they used to.

“This is the quietest [primary] I can remember,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday. Of the small Jewish population, even a smaller number are Republicans, judging by national trends.

Romney, Santorum Say They Would Vote For Paul If He Wins Nomination

01/02/2012 - 19:00

Two Republican presidential candidates said they would vote for Rep. Ron Paul if he wins the GOP nomination.

Mitt Romney, considered a frontrunner, and Rick Santorum, now undergoing a late surge in polls in Iowa, both told CNN in recent days that they would vote for Paul if he were to secure the nomination.

Why Should We Care About The Religious Views of Our Candidates?

12/04/2011 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist


As the Presidential race progresses, once again the role of religion in politics has re-emerged as a common tension that cannot be dismissed. American Jews have often feared bringing religion into the political discourse out of fear of anti-Semitism, but this concern has hopefully lessened since Senator Lieberman was a serious Presidential candidate while being open about his traditional Jewish practices and perspectives. In our commitment to build a just society, we have an imperative to ask questions about the religious views of our politicians.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedek, Director of Jewish Life and Senior Jewish Educator at UCLA Hillel.

Republicans Eye Brooklyn Jewish ‘Superdistrict’

Reapportionment process could help GOP cash in on gains in south of borough.
11/28/2011 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

In their bid to hold the majority, state Senate Republicans seem to be fixed on giving residents of one of New York’s most heavily Jewish areas what they want: A superdistrict.

The GOP now holds a razor-thin Senate majority after last year’s elections, but redistricting next year will create new opportunities since several downstate districts will need to be expanded.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, above, reportedly wants ex-Councilman Simcha Felder to run for Senate as a Republican.

A Unity Pledge That Backfired (Proving Its Point)

11/14/2011 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

Speaking at the annual Anti-Defamation League meeting in New York last week, a senior official of the Obama White House warned that “harm could come” from turning differences over Mideast policy between the U.S. and Israel into “election-year talking points.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Cantor: Wall Street Protest Will Help GOP Gain Jews

Majority leader says Democratic support of movement will ‘aggravate and divide’; sees two-state solution jeopardized by lack of Palestinian recognition.
10/10/2011 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The legions of protestors around the nation demanding more economic parity, coupled with anger over the Obama administration’s Israel policies, will drive more Jews to vote Republican next year, said the Jewish majority leader of the House, who recently referred to those protestors derisively as a “growing mob.”

Rep. Eric Cantor, left, was in New York on Sunday to participate in a panel discussion with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, right.

Are Rabbis Giving Up on Israel? A Provocative New Study

The Conservative movement recently conducted a survey of hundreds of its rabbis and the results are in: on the whole, they're as committed to Israel as they've ever been, although younger rabbis have more liberal views about the state than they've used to.  The purpose behind this survey is clear: to assure anxious Jewish leaders that, contra the skeptics, Israel remains as vital a part of Jewish life as ever.

Turner Rides Voter Angst To Victory

Republican win culminates raucous campaign that centered on Obama, Israel and gay marriage, but few district issues.
09/13/2011 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

As he left P.S. 255 on Avenue S in Midwood, Brooklyn, Tuesday morning, Albert Tebele said he voted against Democrat David Weprin because of the candidate’s vote in the state Assembly to allow gay marriage in New York.

“Gay marriage will ruin the social fiber of the city,” said Tebele, 57, an Orthodox Jew who manufactures women’s clothing. “New York is an example to the rest of the country. It sends a message to our children that homosexuality is permissible and right when the Bible says it’s wrong.”

Republican Bob Turner, left and Democrat David Weprin. getty images

Obama's Jewish Voice Speaks

Once again Republicans are predicting a sea change in Jewish voting and are working to make support for Israel a partisan wedge issue in the 2012 election campaign. Their 2008 fear-and-smear campaign, with some virtually accusing Barack Obama of being a Moslem Manchurian candidate, failed dismally.

Cantor Advises Weiner to ‘Come Clean’ in Twitter Flap

06/02/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, called on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to "come clean" about a controversy over a lewd photo.

Cantor made his comments in a television interview on Thursday, as Weiner endured a fourth day on the receiving end of questions about a photo of a man in his underwear that was sent from his Twitter account. The photo was sent to a 21-year-old female college student who is a Twitter follower of Weiner's.

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