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  • Why Bill Clinton’s Hebrew Hillary button resonated

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — There was a thrill ride on Jewish Democratic social media Wednesday night when Bill Clinton was spotted at the Democratic National Convention sporting a button backing his wife – in Hebrew. Robert Wexler, a former Democratic congressman, indulged in a little partisan kvelling when he appeared Thursday with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer on…

  • Democratic National Committee: Exchange on Holocaust Day ‘insensitive’

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — A back-and-forth among Democratic National Committee staffers over whether the party should mark Holocaust Remembrance Day was “insensitive,” the DNC said. “The DNC joins with our constituents to commemorate many holidays and we did the same with Yom Hashoah as well,” a DNC official told JTA on Wednesday, emphasizing that the DNC…

  • Clinton campaign condemns Israeli flag burning

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Hillary Clinton’s campaign condemned the burning of an Israeli flag at the Democratic National Convention. “Hillary Clinton has always stood against efforts to marginalize Israel and incitement, and she strongly condemns this kind of hatred,” Sarah Bard, the campaign’s director of Jewish outreach, said in an email Wednesday. “Burning the Israeli flag…

  • NY Rep. Yvette Clarke describes navigating a Jewish ‘family feud’

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Rep. Yvette Clarke, representing New York’s Ninth District, described a typical challenge, balancing the competing interests among constituents. Among Jewish constituents, particularly. There’s Crown Heights, with its large population of Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic Jews, she said at a panel on Tuesday convened by J Street near this week’s Democratic National Convention. There’s Sheepshead Bay,…

  • Michael Bloomberg urges Independents to vote for Clinton

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Michael Bloomberg urged Independents to vote for Hillary Clinton, saying Donald Trump was a “risky, reckless and radical choice.” “I know what it’s like to have neither party represent my views or values,” the former three-term New York mayor told the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. “There are times when I…

  • Gabby Giffords brings down the convention

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Gabrielle Giffords couldn’t say much, but what she said brought down the house. The Jewish former Arizona congresswoman, shot in the head by an assailant in 2011, made an appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday evening, its third, during a segment on victims of gun violence. “Are you ready?” she…

  • At DNC, rabbis (and a 14-year-old) draw from scripture to rebuke Donald Trump

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Three rabbis and a Jewish girl want Donald Trump to know: This is how God does great. Four Jewish moments at the Democratic National Convention and surrounding events have included veiled – or not so veiled – scripture-based rebukes of the Republican nominee’s rhetoric or positions. Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the executive vice president…

  • Donald Trump still mulling Israel visit

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Donald Trump hasn’t ruled out visiting Israel before the election. Speaking Wednesday at a news conference in Florida, where the Republican presidential nominee is campaigning, Trump responded to a reporter who asked whether he was going to Israel and noted that nominees traditionally take foreign tours between their nomination and the election. “It’s…

  • Democratic convention’s second night was all about the (Jewish) women

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Debbie Wasserman Schultz disappeared. Jewish women, not so much. Debra Messing, Lena Dunham, Idina Menzel, Sen. Barbara Boxer and two women with close familial ties to Judaism — Madeline Albright and Elizabeth Banks — were among those taking the stage on the second night of the Democratic National Convention to hammer home the evening’s…

  • Mark Weiner, ex-RI Democratic Party chief and close friend of Clintons, dies at 62

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Mark Weiner, a prominent Rhode Island Democratic fundraiser and close friend of the Clintons, died on the day he hoped to watch Hillary Clinton secure the Democratic nomination for the presidency. Weiner, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party, died Tuesday at 62, The Associated Press reported. He was suffering from…