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White House Hosts Jewish Heritage Month Festivities
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama hosted a reception for Jewish American Heritage Month.

The reception Tuesday was less formal than the inaugural one last year, with brief remarks and a small Marine Corps band playing klezmer music.

The 300 invitees included "grass-roots Jewish community leaders from across the country, rabbis, Members of Congress, and a broad range of leaders engaged in business, the arts, education, and public and community service," a White House official said.

Obama in delivering greetings noted the presence of Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace laureate and Holocaust memoirist; newly named Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who authored the legislation passed in 2006 initiating the heritage month; Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren; and Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"The Jewish community in the United States has always stood for freedom, and that includes our unshakeable support and commitment to the security of the State of Israel," he said.

The Maccabeats, an cappella group launched at Yeshiva University, provided entertainment

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05/18/2011 - 17:13
Barack Obama, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jewish Heritage Month, Maccabeats, Michael Oren, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer
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President Obama, once again Stated the position that the USA is, and will be always supportive of the defense of Israel! Which of course is the historical position!

Israel is now faced with greater problems than peace with the Palestinians! They are confronted with the emergence of the Arab populace, relative to freedoms, they wish to enjoy! Reality tells us that that there have been certain actions taken by Israel that negates this concept.

We fully understand that Israel in it's interest to protect it's own existence, has embraced a formula that provided tools to guarantee this objective, however what is being faced now is a much more ominous, and threatening!

Rather, than berate Obama for imagined anti Israel sentiments, it is the time to support him! What he and us are facing can be far more dangerous.

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