UPDATE 1-GOP Senate Candidate Mandel Gets Slammed By In-laws

Wealthy Ratner cousins criticize Mandel in Jewish press for positions against gays marrying, in military.
11/05/2012 - 19:00

(Adds election result)

Jews are famous for in-law jokes, and Ohio State Treasurer and GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel is in a prime position to make one, but he probably isn't laughing.

With 45 percent of the vote, Mandel lost the election to incumvent Democrat Sherrod Brown, who garnered 50 percent, according to the New York Times.

Senate candidate Josh Mandel is under attack from his own in-laws. Getty Images

Jewish Groups Set To Fight Cuts For Charity Deductions

Community could be harmed at time of rising needs.
11/01/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Jewish groups are preparing to fight cuts to the charitable tax deduction that both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney have proposed to reduce the budget deficit.

Nathan Diament

A Jewish Flavor In College Basketball

10/31/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Jewish sports fans may have a hard time choosing a favorite team in one conference of college basketball when the 2012-13 NCAA season opens next week. Three of the head coaches in Conference-USA are Jewish.

NCAA coaches Ben Braun, Larry brown, and John Pastner

Jews Could Play Outsized Role In Battleground Ohio County

In increasingly conservative Hamilton County, Jewish voters weighing issues on eve of election.
10/31/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Cincinnati — It may be the battleground county in the  battleground state.

In the bellwether state of Ohio (no Republican president has ever won the White House without winning Ohio’s 18 electoral votes), there are said to be seven swing counties to watch. Hamilton County here is the largest, and according to many the most critical. It went for Republican George W. Bush in 2004 and Democrat Barack Obama in 2008.

Jewish voters in conservative Hamilton County, Ohio.

Cantors Changing Tune To Stay Relevant

In Conservative and Reform movements, more song-leading and a blurring line between chazzan and rabbi.
10/31/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Md., is a classic suburban Conservative synagogue, boasting a membership of 1,100 households and such varied programming as a Yiddish film festival, tallit-making workshops and an adult education institute. A sprawling building, newly enlarged, contains all this bustling activity.

Large congregations like Beth El offer much, yet they sometimes suffer from a reputation for lackluster services that contrasts with their crowded preschools and the abundant activities on offer.

Cantor Ellen Arad leads a now-mandatory guitar class in the JTS cantorial program.

Study: No Anti-Semitism, Anti-Israel Push At Most Colleges

Report contradicts Israel Project survey, says a third of incidents occurred on 10 campuses
10/23/2012 - 20:00

Ninety-seven percent of U.S. and Canadian college campuses report no anti-Israel or anti-Semitic events, and the campus-based anti-Israel divestment effort has failed, according to a new study.

The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise released the findings of its new study, “Israel and the Campus: The Real Story,” on Tuesday. Mitchell Bard, the AICE’s executive director, and Jeff Dawson, the private organization’s campus liaison, authored the report.

Election 2012: Obama’s Tack On Iran Nukes Raises Questions

Did the president ‘shift the goal posts’ at debate, as expert suggests?
10/22/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In an otherwise predictable foreign policy debate Monday night, in which GOP challenger Mitt Romney struck a more centrist tone and agreed with many of President Barack Obama’s positions, did the president actually tack to the right on Iran?

That was the view of Iran expert Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council and one of this country’s top Iran experts, who suggested that when the president stated that his goal is to “end Iran’s nuclear program” he “appeared to shift the goal post on Iran.”

Romney and Obama both suggested they would have Israel’s back at Monday’s debate. Getty images

Elie Wiesel And Tom Hanks: New Fast Friends

Wiesel Foundation honors actor for preserving the memory of World War II.
10/18/2012 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Few would put the names Elie Wiesel, Tom Hanks and Sting in the same sentence, much less the men themselves in the same room.

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Elie Wiesel and Christiane Amanpour at the Wiesel Foundation's gala.

Remembering Specter, ‘A Tough Jew’

The Pennsylvania senator was as an iconoclast who enjoyed going toe to toe with tyrants.
10/15/2012 - 20:00

Washington — During his 30 years in the clubby confines of the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter never lost his acerbic prosecutorial zeal, friends and associates say.

The insistent questions, the commitment to independence that made the longtime Pennsylvania senator a critical player in recent U.S. history, ultimately did in his career. In his 2010 bid for a sixth term, Specter lost the support of both Democrats and Republicans.

Sen. Arlen Specter: Wore his independence as a badge of honor. JTA
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