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Obama won the Jewish vote without winning over the pro-Israel mainstream

Obama won the Jewish vote without winning over the pro-Israel mainstream

For many Jewish Americans, Barack Obama was an inspiration. Except for those times – too many, say pro-Israel critics – when he seemed aloof and alien.

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Albany JCC

Some 30 Jewish institutions across US targeted in second wave of bomb threats

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) speaking at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City on Dec. 11, 2011. (Wikimedia Commons)

5 Jewish Democrats among 60 from House who plan to skip Trump inaugural

(Sara McCleary)

Swastika drawn in snow at home of Canadian Jewish newspaper columnist

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United States

President Barack Obama, wearing a traditional Jewish yarmulke while speaking at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. on May 22, 2015. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP Images)

This timeline shows Obama’s biggest Jewish moments

Relive everything from the first-ever White House seder to the latest Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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Israel & Middle East

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (Public Domain)

Trump envoy nominee Nikki Haley to slam UN treatment of Israel at confirmation hearing

The American Jewish Committee wants senators to ask the prospective ambassador what the Trump administration will do to ensure America's full participation at the United Nations.

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From the JTA Archives


Jewish Funeral Arranged for Jack Ruby; Will Be Buried in Chicago

Front row, left to right, Benjamin R. Epstein, national director of the Anti-Defamation League B'nai B'rith, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Roy Wilkins of the NAACP and US Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson outside the White House, June 1963. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

ADL Warned of Anti-semitism in ‘radical Right,’ John Birch Society

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5,000 Killed in 6-month Anti-Jewish ‘blitzkrieg’ in Rumania

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A vigil in Buenos Aires on the first anniversary of Argentinean prosecutor Alberto Nisman's death, Jan. 18, 2016. (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Honor Alberto Nisman’s sacrifice by continuing his probe of Iran

Argentina must make a transparent investigation into Iran's role in the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center, write two staffers at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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Nepal jungle area at the foot of the Annapurna

The Nazi Gravesite in the Heart of the Amazon


How to Talk to Your Kids About Trump’s ‘Golden Shower’ Fiasco

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Life & Culture

A new exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum allows visitors to video chat with refugees. (Courtesy of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

At the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, a virtual encounter with a Syrian refugee

Like many young men, Omar wants to flirt with women and talk about technology. He has also encountered enough grief for several lifetimes.

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