A Jewish Guide To The Party Conventions

Expect pro-Israel talk at both, but a different tone on economy and social issues.
08/20/2012 - 20:00

Washington — Get set for a political double feature with much of the same plot, but with different outcomes for the issues that tend to preoccupy Jewish voters.

The same key words and themes will bounce around Jewish events at next week’s Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., and at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., the next week: “pro-Israel,” “marriage,” “Jewish vote” and “abortion.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, left, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will play major roles in Tampa.

Five Keys To The Jewish Vote

What to look for as the campaigns ratchet up.
08/13/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice-presidential running mate was either a political game changer that will galvanize the Republican base and shift the focus of this year’s election to economic policy — or an act of desperation by a presumptive presidential nominee who has yet to connect with average voters.

Romney and Ryan are expected to make a major push for Jewish votes and money in a community still overwhelmingly Democratic.

Ryan Seen Harming Romney With Jews

Concerns over social safety net in heavily Jewish swing states, as VP nominee’s budget plan scrutinized.
08/13/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writers

Shortly after Gov. Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket last weekend, the two appeared together on “60 Minutes” and tried to ease concern about the future of Medicare.

They might as well have been speaking directly to Jewish seniors in the crucial swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, each with large elderly populations.

Ryan’s hope: Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan energized the GOP base but could make luring Jews harder. GETTY IMAGES

DiNapoli Vows Action On Behalf Of Survivors

State comptroller to comb unclaimed assets here, push other states to do the same.
08/06/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Fourteen years after the comptrollers of New York State and New York City helped to win a settlement with Swiss banks over unresolved Holocaust-era claims, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is offering to help survivors recover more of their money.

DiNapoli: $12 billion in unclaimed state funds. N.Y. POST

High Alert At The Olympics And Maccabi Games

With concerns about Iranian attacks on Israeli team targets, and ‘soft’ heightened security planned.
07/23/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The suicide bombing of a tour bus in Bulgaria that killed five Israelis and the bus driver last week, coupled with the arrest July 7 of a Lebanese man suspected of planning attacks on Israeli tourists in Cyprus, have heightened security concerns at the London Olympics and at the JCC Maccabi Games in the United States.

On eve of Summer Games, British police stand guard at London’s Olympic Park. Getty Images

Reacting To Arizona

In Supreme Court’s immigration ruling, Jewish groups see progress but have concerns.
06/25/2012 - 20:00
Washington — Most Jewish groups who have weighed in on Arizona’s controversial immigration law saw progress in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to repeal three of the law’s four parts, but had concerns that law enforcement officials would still be allowed to check the legal immigration status of people they detain.

Koach Saved For Now

Conservative movement sets aside $100k for campus program.
06/11/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Koach, the college program of the Conservative movement that was to have been defunded for budgetary reasons, was granted a six-month reprieve Sunday by the directors of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Ohio Jews Poised For Big Impact In November

Jewish vote in key swing state could prove crucial if turnout is high.
05/28/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Cincinnati — Out here in the America between the coasts, in what may be the most prized electoral catch of all come November, Sam Samet is President Barack Obama's worst nightmare.

And Michael Heines is Mitt Romney's.

Sipping a cup of coffee after the morning minyan at suburban Adath Israel Synagogue, Samet, 77, said he voted for Obama four years ago. But now, three years into the president's rocky term, the lifelong Democrat is so disenchanted with him that he might sit out the election.

VP choice? Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, left, with Mitt Romney. getTy images

Confronting Threats From Iran And ‘Sequestration’

Jewish groups and Senate Dems mostly agree during annual meeting — despite some subtle tensions.
05/28/2012 - 20:00

Washington — There was common ground on Iran and preserving the social safety net at a meeting between Democratic senators and Jewish community leaders, although subtle tensions on both issues emerged.

In the back-and-forth on Capitol Hill, the senators pushed back against the notion that the Obama administration is not wholly committed to keeping Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb. And in a refrain familiar to such exchanges, senators urged Jewish groups to lobby not just for spending but also for tax hikes.

Organizations’ Plans For Succession Seen Lacking

New study arrives in the wake of sudden resignations of top execs from the Joint, HIAS.
05/21/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The resignations of the top executives at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society come just weeks before the release of a survey showing that an “overwhelming majority” of almost 450 Jewish executives have no succession plan prepared in the event of their departure.

When the JDC’s Steven Schwager resigned earlier this month, the organization took several days to name an interim replacement.
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