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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.

Liberals’ D.C. Rally Features Rabbi, Diplomat, Shofar

10/05/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A Washington rally of liberal groups included a rabbi, a top Jewish diplomat and a shofar blower in its religious portion.

The One Nation rally organized by unions, environmental groups, gay rights groups and an array of other liberal organizations, drew tens of thousands Saturday to the National Mall.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow of Philadelphia's Shalom Center delivered a sermon, as did a Muslim and a Protestant cleric.

Jon Stewart Takes Shots at Fired CNN Host Rick Sanchez

10/04/2010

JTA) -- "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart jabbed back at fired CNN anchor Rick Sanchez.

Sanchez was fired Oct. 1, a day after he suggested that Jews run the news business and called Stewart, who is Jewish, a bigot.

During the taping Oct. 2 of a Comedy Central benefit to raise money to educate autistic children, host Stewart urged those feeling guilty about their actions to donate.

Jewish Groups Praise Obama on Sudan

10/04/2010

(JTA) -- Jewish groups praised President Obama for focusing international attention on preventing renewed civil war in Sudan.

Obama appeared late last month at a United Nations conference on the situation in Sudan, putting the U.S. government's weight behind efforts to ensure that independence referendums take place in the sub-Saharan African country as scheduled in January.

DC Cops Arrest Israeli Reporter on Pot Charges

10/03/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Washington police arrested a veteran correspondent for an Israeli newspaper and her husband on charges of intention to distribute marijuana.

District of Columbia police arrested Orly Azoulay, the Washington correspondent for Yediot Acharonot, Israel's largest print daily, on Saturday morning, Post Now, the Washington Post's breaking news blog, reported.

CUFI Gets 133,000 to Urge Ahmadinejad Indictment

09/29/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Christians United for Israel has garnered more than 130,000 signatures on a petition appealing to have Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad indicted for incitement to genocide.

The petition makes its appeal to the United Nations and the United States. It is to be presented to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Susan Rice, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations.

87 Senators Urge Continuation of Peace Talks

09/28/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Eighty-seven U.S. senators signed a letter urging President Obama to keep the Israelis and Palestinians at the negotiating table.

The letter, initiated by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), thanks Obama for restarting direct peace talks and notes the threat to their success from what it calls "enemies of peace" -- Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran.

The Final Show At Terezin

The concentration camp's chorus, whose Requiem will be performed at Kennedy Center, sang out their sorrows.

09/28/2010
Staff Writer

As a Nazi prisoner in the Terezin concentration camp, Edgar Krasa said he and other Jewish prisoners were forced to work all day and to survive on little food. What kept him and others going was the camp’s secret chorus.

“After work we went to a basement where we were encouraged to sing Czech songs we all knew,” recalled Krasa, who lives in the Boston suburb of Newton Center. “This was spiritually uplifting. And for those who [later] heard us sing in concerts, it reminded them of the life they had lived.

Terezin survivor Marianka Zadikow, who sang Verdi’s Requiem at Terezin.

J Street Owns Up to Soros Funding

09/25/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- J Street acknowledged substantial donations from George Soros, reversing years of claims by the group that it had nothing to do with the liberal financier.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, the director of the dovish pro-Israel lobby, confirmed to JTA a report that first appeared in the Washington Times that it had received $245,000 from Soros and his children in 2008, and added that it had received another $500,000 in subsequent years -- altogether, about 7 percent of the $11 million it says it has taken in since its 2008 founding.

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