Law-And-Order Pitch By GOP Seen Testing Jews

Experts unclear how much message will resonate; Florida seen as key for Trump.

07/20/2016 - 00:26
Staff Writer

Cleveland — The “us” versus “them” campaign of Donald Trump moved into high gear here this week at the Republican National Convention as the party’s presidential nominee highlighted his pledge to be a law-and-order president.

Donald Trump introducing his wife, Melania, Monday night in Cleveland. Getty Images

Jews For Trump: (Shh! Don’t Tell!)

Some of his supporters ‘fear retribution from the left.’

07/20/2016 - 00:18
Associate Editor

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, as respected as any rabbi in America, was invited by Ivanka Trump, whose conversion he supervised, to give the invocation this week at the Republican National Convention. He accepted. He had given invocations for President Obama, and in 2008, when principal of Ramaz, castigated Ramaz students when he heard one say that Obama would be dangerous for Israel.

Donald Trump.

How To Vouch For Trump When He Won’t Help Out?

It’s what Jewish Republicans are wondering this week about campaign’s outreach to community.

07/19/2016 - 17:25

Cleveland — Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency rolled out its Israel Advisory Committee last week — no one noticed.

Former George W. Bush aide Tevi Troy: “I don’t think they’re [the Trump team] targeting messages specifically to the Jewish comm

Four #Facepalm Moments From Day One of RNC

From Melania’s allegedly plagiarized speech to an anti-Semitic social media storm, these moments will make you cringe.

07/19/2016 - 15:33
Editorial Intern

The first day of the Republican National Convention was full of talking points. We've selected four, each of which has a Jewish connection:

1) RNC says “aloha” to anti-Semitism.

The RNC social media team was forced to suspend comments on its YouTube livestream during the speech of the Jewish former governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, after the comment thread was hijacked by anti-Semites.

2) Former underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr. talks politics.

Melania Trump on stage at the RNC. Getty.

Fear, Loathing And The Shortest Donald Trump Speech Ever

07/19/2016 - 11:13

Cleveland — It was the biggest surprise of the convention so far: The calmest and shortest speech came from Donald Trump.

Donald Trump posing with wife, Melania, after she delivered a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention. JTA

At GOP Convention, Jewish Delegates Cite Israel And Style In Backing Trump

07/19/2016 - 11:07

On the day Donald Trump wrapped up the Republican primaries, Marc Zell was ready to resign his position as vice president of Republicans Overseas, the party’s expatriate group.

Judy Jackman, a member of Christians United for Israel from Texas, appreciates Donald Trump’s honesty and outsider status. JTA

GOP New Yorkers Urged To Get Out Vote For Trump

Gingrich admits Manhattan will be ‘hardest borough [to break.]’

07/18/2016 - 13:02
Staff Writer

Cleveland — New York delegates attending the Republican National Convention here were challenged to get out the vote in November for Donald Trump, their party’s presumptive nominee, to offset the overwhelming vote Hillary Clinton is expected to amass in the five boroughs.

Republican National Convention. Via Getty Images.

Rabbi Lookstein Withdraws From RNC Appearance

KJ rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump responds to pressure from Ramaz alums, congregants.

07/15/2016 - 13:20
Editor and Publisher

After a firestorm of criticism from former students, congregants and others, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein told The Jewish Week on Friday he decided not to give the opening invocation on Monday afternoon at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein. Courtesy of

Noah's Ark 2 - The Kentucky Years

The ark is back, and this time, it's literal

07/14/2016 - 17:06
Editorial Intern

Not many people know this, but there exists an alternate ending to the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In this version, as the flood waters subsided, Noah found himself beached outside Williamstown, Ky., an hour’s drive from Cincinnati.

One of the displays inside the Ark Encounter museum. Getty.

Ginsburg Apologizes For Her Attacks On Donald Trump

07/14/2016 - 15:41

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has apologized for her public attacks on Donald Trump.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Feb. 6, 2015. (Carlos Osorio/AP Images)
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