In results that are not terriby surprising, American Jews surveyed by the American Jewish Committee said they favored President Barack Obama over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by a margin of 65 percent to 24 percent.
Ten percent of voters are still undecided, but when asked how they were leaning the undecided voters broke down 63 percent for Obama, the Democrat and 27 percent for Romney, the Republican nominee.
David Harris is leaving his job as president of the National Jewish Democratic Council.
"With the confidence of knowing that I’ve accomplished key goals here at NJDC that are central to our mission, I’m very much looking forward to new professional challenges and directions," Harris said in a statement released Wednesday after he announced his decision to the body's board.
Harris has helmed the group since 2009 and has worked to counter Republican efforts depicting President Obama as unfriendly to Israel.
It’s been a challenging, uplifting, infuriating, and inspiring few weeks for women. We’ve had a chance to hear from a number of thinkers and politicians on “both sides of the aisle,” and we have seen each person’s true colors when it comes to his/her thoughts about women’s rights.
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.
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.
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.
If you were in shul today, as on any Rosh Chodesh, you may have heard the distinctive sound of a gabbai or chazan's hand whacking the bima immediately prior to the Amida (or Shemona Esreh). At many shuls this sound is accompanied by a verbal reminder to add the Rosh HaShanah prayer "Yaaleh b'yavoh," or in many cases the sound itself is meant to be a self-explanatory reminder.
This got me thinking about how this intriguing and efficient concept can be applied to other aspects of synagogue and Jewish life. Here are some humble suggestions:
Jewish voters approve and disapprove of President Obama's performance rating in equal numbers, according to a new poll by the American Jewish Committee.
AJC's annual poll, released Monday, showed 45 percent of Jewish voters approve of Obama as opposed to 48 percent disapproving -- a statistical dead heat with the margin of error of 3 percentage points. The numbers show a substantial drop for Obama from the 57 percent who approved of his performance in the 2010 AJC survey.
Democrat party label is double-edged sword for congressional candidate in race to succeed Weiner.
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David Weprin was making rounds at a Howard Beach Senior Center in Queens, last week, chatting with the clientele and announcing that he had just become a grandfather, when someone brought up an endorsement by arguably the city’s best-known senior citizen: Ed Koch.
Last month’s endorsement by the former Democrat mayor is for Weprin’s Republican opponent, Bob Turner.
“It doesn’t make any sense,” Weprin said, dismissively. “He just wants to make news.”
In search of a solution to the great debt ceiling crisis, House Republicans have turned to the Tea Party for help in passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution along with deep spending cuts, and Senate Democrats have turned to the Jews for help blocking it.
The House Tuesday evening passed its Cut-Cap-Balance bill, 234-190 largely along party lines, but it's likely dead in the water. The President has threatened to veto it, although it's expected to die in the Senate and never make it to his desk.