President Obama

Obama Signs Iron Dome Extra Funds Bill

08/05/2014
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Washington — President Obama signed into law a bill allocating $225 million in additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

Obama Nominates Saperstein As Religious Freedom Ambassador

07/28/2014
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President Obama announced today that he will nominate Rabbi David Saperstein, longtime director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, as the State Department’s Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.

Obama Calls For Worldwide Fight Against Anti-Semitism

05/08/2014
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Recalling the horrors of the Holocaust, President Barack Obama urged nations to fight growing anti-Semitism and threats against Israel.

Speaking Wednesday night to 1,200 supporters of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, Obama called for “confronting a rising tide of anti-Semitism around the world.

“We see attacks on Jews in the streets of major Western cities, public places marred by swastikas,” he continued. “From some foreign governments we hear the worst kind of anti-Semitic scapegoating.”

At Jewish Republicans Forum, Cheney Hits Party’s Isolationists

04/03/2014

WASHINGTON  — Dick Cheney told Republican Jews that he was concerned about isolationism in the party.

Pollard Undergoes Surgery, Condition Called ‘Not Good’

03/06/2014
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Jonathan Pollard, the American spy for Israel serving a life sentence in federal prison, was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery.

Obama Notes 'Thanksgivukah' In Holiday Greeting

11/28/2013
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In his annual statement for Chanukah, President Obama pointed out how rare it is to have the holiday and Thanksgiving fall together.

President Obama And The Anxiety Of Ambivalence

09/17/2013
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Which is worse for Israel’s security and for the volatile Middle East: a tyrannical Syrian regime in an unsteady alliance with a nuclear Iran, or an anarchic Syria, run by “the rebels,” becoming a petri dish for al-Qaeda, situated along 375 miles of borderland with Iraq?

Yehuda Kurtzer

Public And Private Mitzvahs

While New York cleaned up, the President visited.

In the days after the city’s worst hurricane in history struck, as New Yorkers – along with affected residents of New Jersey and other reeling areas of the Northeast – struggled to get on with the lives that had become bruised by Sandy, Barack Obama came for a visit. For three hours, he traveled to the Rockaways and Staten Island, consoling the victims and offering moral support and seeing the damage first-hand.

Jacob Javits: No media, please

Obama And The Orthodox

On Election Day, frum neighborhoods stood out among New York City’s handful of Republican precincts.

11/27/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

There’s an old saw in American politics, usually attributed to the sociologist Milton Himmelfarb, that goes like this: “Jews live like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans.” That comment, made a generation ago when Episcopalians were a symbol of American power and wealth, indicated that Jews, by and large supporters of liberal causes, often voted against their economic interests.

In analyzing the 2012 vote, I’ve come up with a twist on Himmelfarb, this one about Orthodox Jews: “Orthodox Jews live like Puerto Ricans and vote like billionaires.”

Ari L. Goldman

Jewish Groups Largely Applaud Health Care Ruling

Supreme Court decision upholding Affordable Care Act seen putting the country ‘significantly forward on a moral path.’

07/03/2012

Washington — American Jewish groups — with the notable exception of the Republican Jewish Coalition — were largely satisfied with the U.S. Supreme Court’s vote to uphold President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 vote.

Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council for Jewish Women, was “thrilled” with the decision. 

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