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A Purl Of An Idea

08/28/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Have you ever wanted to attend a party in December wearing a sweater that bears large dreidels or Jewish star or the design of a chasidic snowman?

If so, you have only a few days left to make it happen.

Gut yom tov, Santa.

The Mormons’ Joe Lieberman Moment

As Sen. Graham, Rep. King hit Obama on Israel, a show of unity between Mormons and Jews.
08/27/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Tampa — A member of the Mormon faith compared Mitt Romney’s acceptance of the Republican presidential nomination here to Joe Lieberman’s acceptance of the Democratic Party’s nomination as vice president in 2000.

The scene Tuesday at the GOP convention in Tampa. getty images

Limmud Network Of Educators Launching At LimmudFest

08/27/2012 - 20:00

Limmud programs across the United States are collaborating to create a new partnership for learning and professional development with Jewish education leaders across the continent.

Limmud, Anglo-Jewry’s flagship learning program, makes Jewish learning accessible to Jews around the world with its conferences that are gatherings for diverse Jews and educators.

The scene at a recent LimmudNY conference.

MSU Student Says Attack at Party Was Anti-Semitic

08/27/2012 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A Jewish student at Michigan State University was attacked in what he is calling a hate crime at an-off campus party.

Just before the assault, which broke his jaw, Zach Tennen said his attackers asked him if he was Jewish, WDIV Detroit reported.

Tennen, 19, a resident of suburban Detroit, said he answered in the affirmative. He told the television station that his attackers also "were making Nazi and Hitler symbols and they said they were part of the KKK."

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.
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