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Simcha Felder Announces Senate Campaign In Brooklyn Jewish 'Super-District'

Former Councilman Simcha Felder has announced a bid for the state Senate in a newly created district that includes several heavily Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhoods.  “I look forward, God willing, to the opportunity once again to serve the community and the people of New York State,” Felder told the haredi newspaper Hamodia on Wednesday.

Simcha Felder Announces Senate Campaign In Brooklyn Jewish 'Ghetto' District

Former Councilman Simcha Felder has announced a bid for the state Senate in a newly created district that includes several heavily Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhoods.  “I look forward, God willing, to the opportunity once again to serve the community and the people of New York State,” Felder told the haredi newspaper Hamodia on Wednesday.

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.

Romney, Santorum Say They'll Vote For Paul If He Wins GOP Nod

12/30/2011

Two Republican presidential candidates said they would vote for Rep. Ron Paul if he wins the GOP nomination.

Mitt Romney, considered a frontrunner, and Rick Santorum, now undergoing a late surge in polls in Iowa, both told CNN in recent days that they would vote for Paul if he were to secure the nomination.

Romney, Santorum Say They'll Vote For Paul If He Wins GOP Nod

12/30/2011

Two Republican presidential candidates said they would vote for Rep. Ron Paul if he wins the GOP nomination.

Mitt Romney, considered a frontrunner, and Rick Santorum, now undergoing a late surge in polls in Iowa, both told CNN in recent days that they would vote for Paul if he were to secure the nomination.

GOP Hopefuls -- Minus Ron Paul -- Address Republican Jewish Coalition

12/08/2011

Appearing with five fellow candidates at a Republican Jewish Coalition forum, Newt Gingrich called for “a dramatically rethought strategy for the Middle East.”

Why Should We Care About The Religious Views of Our Candidates?

12/05/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

As the Presidential race progresses, once again the role of religion in politics has re-emerged as a common tension that cannot be dismissed. American Jews have often feared bringing religion into the political discourse out of fear of anti-Semitism, but this concern has hopefully lessened since Senator Lieberman was a serious Presidential candidate while being open about his traditional Jewish practices and perspectives. In our commitment to build a just society, we have an imperative to ask questions about the religious views of our politicians.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedek, Director of Jewish Life and Senior Jewish Educator at UCLA Hillel.

Republicans Eye Brooklyn Jewish ‘Superdistrict’

Reapportionment process could help GOP cash in on gains in south of borough.

11/29/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

In their bid to hold the majority, state Senate Republicans seem to be fixed on giving residents of one of New York’s most heavily Jewish areas what they want: A superdistrict.

The GOP now holds a razor-thin Senate majority after last year’s elections, but redistricting next year will create new opportunities since several downstate districts will need to be expanded.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, above, reportedly wants ex-Councilman Simcha Felder to run for Senate as a Republican.

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:

Brouhaha in Texas House a Jewish Test Case for Tea Party

12/21/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In Texas, the Tea Party passed its first Jewish test even before its legislators had been sworn in.

Deeply conservative forces in the Lone Star State firmly repudiated the effort by evangelical Christians to unseat the powerful Jewish speaker of the Texas House of Representatives because he wasn’t a “true Christian conservative.”

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