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  • U.S. official: Obama didn’t give Bibi what he was looking for

    Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was publicly venting his frustration with the international community — read: Obama administration — for failing to draw a clear red line regarding Iran’s nuclear program. But he seemed to be stepping back from a public spat after a late-night phone call with the president, which Netanyahu described…

  • Natalie, I would have put you on the Friday Five!

    Yes, I’m happy for Jo Aleh, the Jewish sailor and child of dual Israeli-New Zealand citizens, who won the gold medal Friday in the women’s 470 regatta. But I’m not at all with the fallout — my staff using this turn of events to bump Natalie Portman from The Friday Five. A hot knish deserves…

  • What to say about Gore Vidal (and the Jews)?

    I can’t remember exactly when my mother, of blessed memory, turned me on to Gore Vidal’s essays and historical novels, but it was probably at some point in the 8th or 9th grade (don’t get the wrong idea… I spent much more time watching tube and shooting hoops). So there I was watching two Jewish…

  • Why we loved Mel Gibson before the whole Passion of the fighting with the Jews thing

    Mel was so cool in the Lethal Weapon movies that… he just saved the life of a potential future Veep! Click here for the details.

  • Haim Saban: Championing Dems & Obama

    There has been buzz in recent years over whether and how much Haim Saban would warm to Preisdent Obama. Well… the bllionaire mogul is showing the Dems the money and tells the Forward: “I have, and always will be, a champion of the Democratic Party, President Obama, and the Party’s elected officials.”

  • Louis Farrakhan and Jewish mayors

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said this week he welcomes the help of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in stopping the surge of violence in Chicago neighborhoods. [[READMORE]] Back in 1997, Ed Rendell — then the mayor of Philadelphia — and local Jewish groups sparred over his taking part in a Farrakhan-led rally that city…

  • Obama Team: Reelect the president, boost Israel tourism by 1 leader of free world + entourage

    President Obama managed to visit Egypt and Saudia Arabia since taking office. But not even time for a quick stop and a falafel in Israel? Now his campaign says… next term.

  • Reform and Reconstructionists visit the White House

    Reform and Reconstructionist leaders get the Jack Lew treatment. What? No presidential drop-in? The president only pops in on meetings with halachich movements? (Obama showed up for similar powwows with Conservative and Orthodox leaders.) Oh, that’s right… the Union for Reform Judaism got a full-fledged speech back at its biennial in December.

  • Romney backs moment of silence for Munich 11in 2012 (but what about 2002?)

    Last week the Obama administration announced its support for a moment of silence at the London Olympics to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympians at the 1972 Olympics. This week the Romney campaign followed suit. At first glance, this would seem to be an easy political score for both candidates….

  • Jewish cool = gaga?

    During the past two decades, plenty of time, money and creative energy has been spent on the idea of taking Jewish-Jewy things and making them cool and mainstream — all with the idea of making Jews feel cooler and more mainstream about being, well, Jewish. Well… turns out Jewish summer camps have had the secret…