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  • Swing states target of Jewish outreach this weekend

    With less than a month to go before Election Day, Barack Obama’s campaign is sponsoring Jewish outreach events in three important swing states this weekend – and that doesn’t even include “The Great Schlep.” At noon at a Philadelphia Jewish community center, Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and U.S. Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) and Jan… More ▸

  • Is Sarah Palin Jewish? UPDATED

    The short answer is, probably not. You might have seen the genealogies circulating on the net – here’s one – claiming she’s a descendant of one Schmuel Sheigam, a Lithuanian Jew. I’ve run the info past folks at the National Archives. A search of immigration records shows no Sheigam – or Sheeran, as the Ellis… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Silverman talks about the “schlep,” new ads and more

    Sarah Silverman talks to the New York Times about her video for “The Great Schlep.” The National Jewish Democratic Council’s new advertisement deals with energy independence, while the Republican Jewish Coalition’s latest is about Obama’s statement that he would meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “without preconditions.” Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff reveals that Barack Obama’s campaign… More ▸

  • Saperstein: O’Reilly owes Pelosi an apology

    Bill O’Reilly compared the body language of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Adolf Hitler on his show earlier this week, and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Rabbi David Saperstein thinks the Fox News host ought to apologize for such a “preposterous and insulting” analogy. Here’s his letter to “O’Reilly Factor” executive producers… More ▸

  • Palin discussed her Israeli flag with Peres

    Sarah Palin told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday that Israeli President Shimon Peres asked her about the Israeli flag she keeps in her office. She also spoke about her fondness for the Jewish state, saying “I do love that country.” Here’s the transcript: Hewitt: Governor, let’s close with some foreign affairs. It is… More ▸

  • Oy, my aching feet

    I wonder if the London Review of Books knew how timely its review of a new book, Jews and Shoes, would be – coming out during Rosh Hashanah, when we spend hours on our feet at shul, and before Yom Kippur, when we barely get to sit at all. The review of the book, a… More ▸

  • RJC continues ads; Jewish Dems fight back

    The Republican Jewish Coalition has released the latest in its series of ads that are making lots of Jewish Democrats mad. This one entitled “Barack Obama’s Advisors: Pro-Palestinian, Anti-Israel, Even Hostile to America,” attacks the Democratic nominee for his longtime relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, as well as others with whom the group says Obama… More ▸

  • Taking on Chabad

    The latest issue of New Voices, the Jewish student magazine, is devoted entirely to Chabad, whose rabbis are rising in prominence on college campuses and often challenging the hegemony of the local Hillel chapters. As one JTA staffer noted, it’s pretty “ballsy” of NV to take on Lubavitch, though takedown is probably a more accurate… More ▸

  • Edgar Jr. flips his pad for a cool $21 million

    Edgar Bronfman, Jr., the CEO of Warner Music and the son of Edgar Bronfman, grandson of Samuel Bronfman and nephew of Charles Bronfman, sold his 1040 Fifth Avenue co-op apartment for $21 million to Gerson Lehrman and Marjorie Lehrman, according to coopsales.com. Bronfman never lived in the house, which he bought for $19.5 million in… More ▸