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  • Two NJ advocacy groups merge, Metrowest federation slashes budget

    In a cost cutting move, the UJC MetroWest’s Community Relations Committee and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Northern New Jersey will merge and form one regional Jewish advocacy group, the New Jersey Jewish News is reporting. The two existing groups, which lobby for Jewish causes in New Jersey’s capital and deal with advocacy of… More ▸

  • Dueling sukkah events

    Now that the debates are over, the sukkah portion of the presidential campaign begins in just a few hours. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will both be visiting sukkot this evening on behalf of their party’s presidential candidates. First, at 6:15 p.m., Nadler will speak about the Obama-Biden ticket to invited… More ▸

  • Vote of confidence for Shulman

    The Democratic Party likes the blind rabbi’s chances in New Jersey. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week upgraded Dennis Shulman from one of its “emerging races” to “Red to Blue,” meaning that the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s Fifth District will get additional financial, communications and strategic support from the party in his race… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Hastings apologizes, more Jewish pro-Obama videos

    Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) now says he regrets his comments last week about Sarah Palin, but maintains a McCain-Palin administration would be “anathema” to most African Americans and Jews. Georgetown University professor Jacques Berlinerblau, in the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, likes Sarah Silverman’s “The Great Schlep” video, but doubts it will have much impact… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: A new addition to the oneg Shabbat this week in Fla.

    A South Florida synagogue will be watching Friday night’s debate together after Shabbat services, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Yoav Sivan, in the Jerusalem Post, believes John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate makes the Obama-Biden ticket “the natural ticket” for American Jews. The St. Petersburg Times finds Jewish voters in South Florida… More ▸

  • Asking “what’s at stake” in this election

    The New Jersey Jewish News is asking Jewish leaders in the state what issues they would like to see the presidential candidates address. The answers include Israel and Iran, but also immigration reform, health care and income inequality. “What’s at Stake” will be a regularly updated feature through the election. More ▸