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  • Palin is kosher with Chabad

    The leader of Chabad in Alaska has lots of good things to say about Republican vice presidential selection Sarah Palin. Rabbi Yossi Greenberg, while noting that his organization does not endorse candidates, says Palin is a “remarkable, energetic and good person” and notes that she has attended “several of our cultural gala events.” Greenberg also… More ▸

  • Wexler talks Obama and Israel on convention stage

    Rep. Robert Wexler trumpeted Barack Obama’s support for Israel in his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, while arguing that the GOP presumptive nominee would make Israel less safe. Here’s an excerpt: We entered into an unnecessary war and remain bogged down in Iraq, as Afghanistan backslides, and the architects of Sept…. More ▸

  • Florida delegates: We’re behind Barack, but have work to do back home

    “I don’t want anyone to blame Hillary if [Obama] loses the election,” said Jewish Democratic National Convention Hillary Clinton delegate Bill Kling Wednesday morning. Her speech was “absolutely heartfelt. …I think she did enough to show her support.” The 80-year-old Plantation resident was representative of his fellow Florida Jewish delegates pledged for Clinton. They lauded… More ▸

  • Wexler: No senior problems in Fla. for Obama

    Jewish members of the U.S. Congress refused Tuesday to admit that Barack Obama was having any problems with older Jewish voters in South Florida and predicted at a Denver press conference that the Democrat would hit “historically high numbers” in the Jewish community – even though Obama is running almost 15 points behind John Kerry’s… More ▸

  • JTA VIDEO: Condo vote hard to crack

    You follow their bylines, now fall in love all over again – this time with their pretty faces… Ron Kampeas and Eric Fingerhut file their first video report from Denver, after attending a panel discussion Monday on the Jewish vote sponsored by the National Jewish Democratic Council. More ▸

  • Beware the bubbies, Fla. Dems warn

    Ask any general: Tales from the frontlines have a way of upsetting the best laid plans. Strategists at a National Jewish Democratic Council session at the Democratic Party’s Denver convention appeared to be in agreement on why Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee, appears to be losing support among Jewish voters. Obama was… More ▸

  • For Wasserman Schultz, it’s back to Biden (UPDATE)

    For Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Joe Biden’s clinch of the vice-presidential spot on Barack Obama’s ticket is like the – what – prodigal mentor? “He’s like mishpoche!” the Florida congresswoman enthused to JTA, contemplating the Delaware senator’s clinching of the vice presidential spot on the Democratic ticket, alongside Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) Back in 1987, Wasserman… More ▸

  • Political Tidbits: “It’s still iffy, which is freaking me out”

    “It’s still iffy, which is freaking me out”: That, according to the New York Times, was what one Boca Raton precinct coordinator had to say about the attitude of some “lifelong Jewish Democrats” toward Barack Obama. The coordinator was attending a Hillary Clinton appearance for Obama in South Florida. More details on the rally in… More ▸

  • Cardin will be key Jewish surrogate for Obama

    Sen. Ben Cardin’s (D-Md.) appearances before Jewish audiences in South Florida last week were the first of many he’ll be making this fall on behalf of Barack Obama. In an interview last week, Cardin said he went to the presumptive Democratic nominee a few weeks ago and “offered my help” in persuading Jewish voters –… More ▸