President Barack Obama

President Obama: Religious Freedom Keeps Us Strong

In an exclusive op-ed for RNS, Obama calls for religious freedom for all faiths, "We are one American family."

02/08/2016 - 17:02

Ed. Note: The President's visit last week to the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque, his first to a mosque in the U.S. as president, was hailed as a welcome celebration of religious diversity by many. In the Jewish community the visit was met with a mixed response with some quarters of the Jewish community praising it as a stand for religious diversity, and others voicing strong criticism for the choice of mosque. In the wake of his visit, the president wrote this exclusive op-ed for RNS, republished here for our readers.

President Barack Obama greets attendees after speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Feb. 3, 2016. Getty Images

Obama To Appear On Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians In Cars’ Show

12/22/2015 - 11:21

President Barack Obama will appear on comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” web series.

Barack Obama on phone. Wikimedia Commons

Netanyahu, Abbas Shake Hands At Paris Climate Summit

11/29/2015 - 19:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shook hands at the United Nations climate change conference near Paris.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, shaking hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. JTA

Obama To U.S. Jews: ‘We’re Not Giving Away Anything’ To Iran

08/30/2015 - 20:00

In an address to American Jews on Friday, President Barack Obama insisted that the agreement negotiated between world powers and Iran blocks the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons without limiting the United State’s options in case of violations.

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Obama, Jewish Leaders Exchange Concerns About Distortions And Attacks In Iran Deal Debate

08/04/2015 - 20:00

Washington — President Barack Obama and pro-Israel leaders exchanged concerns about how each side distorts the other’s arguments in the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, and how the distortions are creating divisions in the Jewish community.

President Barack Obama and Jewish leaders met for two hours at the White House, Aug. 4, 2015. JTA

ADL Raps Michael Oren For Stereotyping Obama In New Essay

06/22/2015 - 20:00

The Anti-Defamation League criticized Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, for an “insensitive and unjustified” attack on President Barack Obama.

Obama’s Latest Wooing Of Jews Not Working, Poll Suggests

06/14/2015 - 20:00

Washington – It’s early days for the White House’s latest charm offensive among American Jews, but a new poll suggests that the wooing effort is having little effect.

President Obama speaking at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., May 22, 2015. JTA

My Chavruta With President Obama

'Is there a requirement or expectation that the adults come here and study as well?' the president asked.

05/21/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I could have said “Dayeinu," “it would have been enough," if the President of the United States came to visit my synagogue, as he did today, May 22. 

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

George W. Bush: Sanctions Rollbacks With Iran Would Be A Mistake

04/26/2015 - 20:00

Las Vegas — Former President George W. Bush said a deal with Iran should not have sanctions rollbacks.

Poll: American Jewish Support For Obama Dropping

04/14/2015 - 20:00

Job approval ratings for President Obama have dropped among American Jews from 61 percent to 50 percent since the start of 2015, a new Gallup poll found.

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