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  • 2 vehicles belonging to Tennessee Jewish center set on fire

    (JTA) — Two vehicles used to transport the elderly and bring meals to senior citizens were set ablaze in the parking lot of a Jewish institution in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The badly burned vehicles were discovered Sunday morning at the city’s Jewish Cultural Center. Both belonged to the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga. Arson investigators with… More ▸

  • Jewish charities stick by embattled Bruce Pearl

    Bruce Pearl, a big-time college basketball coach and spokesman for Jewish causes, was a week or so early on his mea culpas during the Yom Kippur season. Pearl, the wildly popular men’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, has orchestrated a major turnaround since taking over the program in 2005, leading the traditional football… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Is Palin pushing Jews toward the Dems?

    The Jerusalem Post speaks to a couple Florida Democrats who say John McCain’s selection of VP nominee Sarah Palin helped push them into the Obama camp. Georgetown University’s Jacques Berlinerblau, writing on the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, asks and answers a number of questions about the Sarah Palin pick’s possible effect on the Jewish… More ▸

  • Cohen accepts Jesus – as a metaphor

    Looks like U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) took the Christ talk to heart. Last month, the Memphis lawmaker trounced an opponent in the Democratic primaries after she failed to convince Cohen’s majority black constituency that he wasn’t “Christian” enough to represent them. Cohen, among the first Jewish Dems to endorse the presidential candidacy of Sen…. More ▸

  • The day after Steve Cohen’s big win

    Rep. Steve Cohen’s (D-Tenn.) victory in yesterday’s Democratic congressional primary wasn’t necessarily a surprise, but his 60 percentage point margin of victory was unexpected–and perhaps a sign why his African-American opponent, Nikki Tinker, was desperate enough to run an ad deemed anti-Semitic by many observers. First of all, if you never saw the ad, which… More ▸

  • Harold Ford Jr. defends Obama

    I mentioned the other day that we have the odd development of the Republican National Committee, which two years ago aired an ad in Tennessee implying that Harold Ford Jr. slept around with white women, criticizing the state GOP for a recent press release that critics say was meant to imply that Obama is a… More ▸

  • Final thoughts on TN controversy

    A few thoughts/observations on that Tennessee GOP flier about Barack Obama and Louis Farrakhan (it appears to have been taken down in the past few minutes – here to see the original version of the statement): 1) Now that the state party appears to have abandoned its efforts to portray Obama as a Muslim, maybe… More ▸