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September 14, 2012 11:27am
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…
August 10, 2012 2:48pm
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…
August 2, 2012 1:51pm
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…
July 30, 2012 4:48pm
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.
July 27, 2012 4:42pm
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.”
July 27, 2012 2:20pm
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…
July 24, 2012 1:32pm
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.
July 24, 2012 1:25pm
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.
July 24, 2012 1:07pm
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….
July 19, 2012 1:38pm
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…