Arthur Waskow

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.

Obama Facing Jewish Left Backlash

09/07/2010
Washington Correspondent

As the midterm elections near, Jewish progressives, frustrated by what they see as President Barack Obama’s lack of leadership on a range of domestic issues — starting with the economy — may sit out the November congressional vote in large numbers.

The prospect of a backlash from Jewish liberals, which carries big political risks for the president, say observers, is his real “Jewish problem,” not the Jewish right’s criticism of his handling of the Israel issue.

President Obama with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
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