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  • Run, rabbi, run

    One of the more interesting congressional races this year is in New Jersey’s 5th district, where a blind rabbi named Dennis Shulman, a Democrat, is closing the gap against Republican incumbent Scott Garrett, who is known for being pro-Israel and for his conservative views. Shulman, an ordained Reform rabbi with a Ph.D. in psychology from… More ▸

  • Political Tidbits: Who’s afraid of Muslims? Who’s helped Iran?

    Jake Tapper of ABC News debunks latest right-wing claim that Obama was raised as a Muslim. But, Tapper’s scoop was quickly overshadowed by this gem from Ben Smith of Politico: “Two Muslim women at Barack Obama’s rally in Detroit on Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the… More ▸

  • J Street set to make endorsements

    J Street says that on Monday it will announce its first slate of endorsed candidates. … MEDIA ADVISORY June 11, 2008 JStreetPAC to Announce First Endorsements Monday WASHINGTON – The country’s first and only pro-Israel, pro-peace PAC will announce its first endorsements Monday of House candidates committed to strong American leadership to achieve a negotiated,… More ▸

  • Olmert speaks

    Ron Kampeas has a brief up about Ehud Olmert’s speech at the AIPAC policy conference on Tuesday night. Uriel Heilman will have a longer story on Wednesday. My initial impression: The audience response was tepid – not only for Olmert’s pitch for talks with Syria and the Palestinians, but also for the prime minister himself…. More ▸

  • Shulman criticizes Carter-Hamas meeting

    Dennis Shulman, the Democratic rabbi seeking to upend incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett in New Jersey’s 5th, put out a statement criticizing Jimmy Carter’s meeting with Hamas leaders. Dennis Shulman’s Statement Concerning Jimmy Carter and Hamas Demarest, NJ – “As a Democrat and a proud supporter of Israel, I am deeply disturbed by President Carter’s… More ▸

  • Political Tidbits

    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton respond to list of questions from the Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh. The New York Jewish Week urges voters to insist on more details from the presidential candidates about how they will deal with the Middle East. Philadelphia magazine takes a look at one of Obama’s top Jewish backers in Pennsylvania…. More ▸

  • Rothman endorses Shulman

    New Jersey Congressman Steve Rothman came out in support of a blind rabbi’s bid for congress this week. Dennis Shulman has racked up a string of endorsements in recent weeks – including former presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark and recently sworn in New York Governor David Paterson – and was the subject of a recent… More ▸

  • Minister: Steve Cohen and Jews hate Jesus

    Ron Kampeas just filed a brief about Steve Cohen, the Tennessee congressman who once again finds himself on the receiving end of anti-Semitic invective. Even worse, his opponent in the Democratic primary won’t condemn it. A Tennessee congressional candidate has declined to disavow a flier saying the incumbent and the Jews hate Jesus. The flier,… More ▸

  • Seals trounces Footlik

    JTA’s Jacob Berkman has been covering the Democratic congressional primary fight in Illinois between Dan Seals and Jay Footlik, who served as Bill Clinton’s and John Kerry’s Jewish liaison. The final tally isn’t pretty: Seals 81% (72,704), Footlik 19% (16,563). The Berkinator will have more later today. More ▸