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With Emanuel and Axelrod Gone, Will the Jews Have Access to Obama?

10/11/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- They were two Jewish aides who had offices within shouting distance of the Oval Office.

But the resignation last week of Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff and the imminent departure of David Axelrod, the president’s senior adviser, is raising the question of what the disappearance of the president’s top two Jewish aides will mean for the Jewish community.

Top Jewish Democrats and leaders of Jewish organizations say there will be an absence -- of optics, not substance.

Protesters Disrupt JNF Conference

10/11/2010

NEW YORK (JTA) -- More than a dozen anti-Israel protesters disrupted a presentation at the Jewish National Fund's conference in Atlanta.

Ken Stein, the director of the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel of Emory University in Atlanta, was speaking on presenting the Jewish and Zionist side of Israel's history at a plenary session at the Intercontinental Hotel when about 15 people entered the room shouting, according to a member of the audience.

Bob Dylan's Childhood Shul for Sale

10/10/2010

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- The synagogue where Bob Dylan celebrated his bar mitzvah is for sale.

The former home of Agudath Achim Synagogue in Hibbing, Minn., where the former Bobby Zimmerman became a man in 1963, has belonged to Eric and Brenda Shafer-Pellinen since 2001. Their hopes to turn the building into a bed-and-breakfast failed to materialize.

The building is listed on Craigslist for $119,000. Shafer-Pellinen told the Duluth News Tribune that she is also reaching out to Dylan fans via websites such as expectingrain.com and dylanradio.com.

Ohio GOP Candidate Was Nazi Reenactor

10/10/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- An Ohio Republican running for the U.S. Congress belonged to a group that staged full-dress reenactments of Nazi SS maneuvers.

Rich Iott, a Toledo-area Tea Party-backed candidate who is challenging incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur, belonged to "Wiking" from 2003-2007, The Atlantic reported on Friday night.

Iott, a businessman, told the magazine that the group did not subscribe to Nazism.

Jewish Internet Company Employee Arrested for Selling Secrets

10/07/2010

(JTA) -- A Jewish employee of a Boston-area internet company was arrested on suspicion of selling confidential information to a foreign company.

Elliot Doxer, 42, was employed in Akamai Technologies Inc. finance department. He was charged Wednesday with wire fraud for providing confidential business information including contract details, employee information and customer lists to an undercover FBI agent that he believed was a foreign government agent.

The country is identified in the indictment as Country X.

Westboro Church Case Poses Dilemma for Jewish Groups

10/06/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish defense organizations long -- and proudly -- have upheld a delicate principle in defending the First Amendment: Hate the speech, defend the speaker.

But a Supreme Court case whose arguments were scheduled for Wednesday have put that precept to the test: A Maryland family is suing the Westboro Baptist Church for picketing the funeral of its scion, Matthew Snyder, a soldier killed in a noncombat accident in Iraq.

For First Time, Supreme Court Opens With Three Jews

10/06/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- For the first time in history, a U.S. Supreme Court convened this week with three Jewish justices.

And Jewish defense organizations had their eyes on … Arizona.

Two of the three cases on the docket this session attracting special attention from Jewish groups come from the Grand Canyon State. One addresses tax credits for religious schools; another looks at whether state immigration laws outweigh the U.S. government. The third case, out of Maryland, deals with free speech protections.

Jewish Republicans Seen On Edge About Tea Party

As movement gains steam and plans minority outreach, concern in GOP circles.

10/06/2010
Washington Correspondent

As the Tea Party wave sweeps across the nation’s political waters, Jewish Republicans are increasingly worried that the movement could wash away their hopes of winning over Jewish voters — even as leaders of the insurgency talk about expanded outreach to minorities, including Jews.

GOP Senate candidates Rand Paul and Christine O’Donnell may not play well with Jewish voters, experts say.

Goodbye To Rahm And David

With Emanuel and Axelrod gone, will the Jews have access to Obama?

10/05/2010
JTA

Washington — They were two Jewish aides who had offices within shouting distance of the Oval Office.

But the resignation last week of Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff and the imminent departure of David Axelrod, the president’s senior adviser, is raising the question of what the disappearance of the president’s top two Jewish aides will mean for the Jewish community.

Top Jewish Democrats and leaders of Jewish organizations say there will be an absence — of optics, not substance.

Rahm Emanuel, left, and David Axelrod. Google Images

N.J. Jewish Paper Stopping Same-sex Announcements

10/05/2010

(JTA) -- A Jewish newspaper in New Jersey said its first same-sex engagement announcement will be its last one.

The decision by the Jewish Standard was announced in a statement that came a week after the newspaper published its first same-sex announcement.

The newspaper did not expect the large volume of comments it received both against and in favor of publishing such announcements, the statement said.

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