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Obama Decries Rise Of Anti-Semitism In Jewish Heritage Month Message

05/02/2016 - 14:47

Washington — President Barack Obama decried the “rise of anti-Semitism” in his annual proclamation of May as Jewish American Heritage Month.

President Obama hosts his final White House seder on April 28. JTA

Did Bibi Miscalculate?

03/09/2016 - 09:11

The news that Prime Minister Netanyahu will not be meeting in Washington next week with President Obama, with each blaming the other for the lack of contact, is another painful reminder of a vital relationship that went sour, and got much worse. One reason among many for that unfortunate reality was the perception in the White House that Netanyahu long ago threw in his lot with the Republicans, hosting Mitt Romney in Jerusalem when he was running for the presidency four years ago and, most notably, addressing Congress last March to oppose the nuclear arms deal in seeming defiance of Obama.

Shedding Light, And Heat, At White House Chanukah Party

12/15/2015 (All day)
Staff Writer

How far does the light of the Chanukah candles extend?

For Susan Talve, a St. Louis rabbi who recited the blessing at last Wednesday afternoon’s Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony at the White House, it was a chance to illuminate many of the ills besetting the nation and the world.

Rabbi Susan Talve, with President Obama, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at White House Chanukah party. Steve Sheffey

White House Officials Meet Breaking The Silence Reps

06/04/2015 - 20:00

White House officials met with members of Breaking the Silence, an Israeli group that collects soldiers’ testimonies to expose Israel Defense Forces abuses.

Senate Panel Approves Congressional Review Of Iran Deal

04/14/2015 - 20:00

Washington — A key Senate committee approved a bill mandating congressional review of any Iran nuclear deal, and the White House said it would not block the measure.

White House Presses For Jewish OK On Iran Deal

Meeting with Kerry amid skepticism on nuke pact.

04/07/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Secretary of State John Kerry was slated to meet with American Jewish leaders in Washington on Wednesday to convince them to support the administration’s preliminary Iran nuclear deal.

Bibi Campaigning On Clash With U.S.?

New ad's comparison with ’48 raises fresh questions.

02/22/2015 - 19:00
Contributing Editor

It was a stretch, but we were trying to believe it — that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Congress speech is all about safeguarding Israel and not motivated by electioneering. But in 30 seconds on Saturday, this all went out of the window.

Benjamin Netanyahu

For Mike Huckabee, Easier To Become Prime Minister Than President

02/04/2015 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In the race to the White House, Mike Huckabee, a contender for Republican nominee, said he was pleased to appear at the American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center dinner in December at Manhattan’s Marriott Marquis.

Eugen Gluck welcomes Mike Huckabee at Bet El dinner. Tim Boxer/JW

White House Says It Should Have Sent Higher-Level Representative To Paris Rally

01/12/2015 - 19:00

The White House acknowledged that it should have sent a higher-level representative to the anti-terrorism rally in Paris.

We’ve Come A Long Way, Abie

At White House's second Chanukah party, blessings, latkes and an ad hoc minyan amid dazzlingly decorated Christmas trees.

12/23/2014 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

A friend told me that when he mentioned to his young daughter last week that he was going to attend the White House Chanukah party, she looked up at him wide-eyed and said, “I didn’t even know President Obama was Jewish.”

Gary Rosenblatt
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