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Are Younger Jews Paying their Dues? The Changing Landscape of Jewish Politics

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.

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.

A Whack To Remember

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:

Jews Nearly Evenly Split On Obama, AJC Poll Finds

09/26/2011

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.

Weprin’s Tightrope

Democrat party label is double-edged sword for congressional candidate in race to succeed Weiner.

08/23/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

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.”

David Weprin.

Dems Call Jews To The Rescue

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.

Election Day: One Party Will Protect Me, One Party Won't

 

Here's something to think about on Election Day. One party is Congress is almost always for Israel, one is not. Guess which?

Obama Facing Jewish Left Backlash

09/07/2010
Washington Correspondent

As the midterm elections near, Jewish progressives, frustrated by what they see as President Barack Obama’s lack of leadership on a range of domestic issues — starting with the economy — may sit out the November congressional vote in large numbers.

The prospect of a backlash from Jewish liberals, which carries big political risks for the president, say observers, is his real “Jewish problem,” not the Jewish right’s criticism of his handling of the Israel issue.

President Obama with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
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