Political tidbits: Berkowitz loss called in Alaska, Israeli Beduins claim Obama relation (UPDATED)

  • Israeli Bedouins claim they’re related to Obama, according to the London Times.
  • New Jersey Jewish News Andrew Silow-Carroll calls many of the Republican Jewish Coalition ads "reprehensible" and says his paper will take a "fresh look" at its advertising policy in the wake of the election.
  • Washington, D.C. area Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt provides advice on navigating the nation’s capital to the new Jewish members of Congress, in the Washington Jewish Week.
  • With many of the absentee and early votes now counted, the Associated Press has now declared Republican incumbent Don Young the victor in his congressional race against Jewish Democrat Ethan Berkowitz. Berkowitz is not yet ready to concede.
  • In a 2004 interview reprinted by Beliefnet, Obama said "intellectually I’ve drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith."
  • What does Barack Obama’s victory mean for black-Jewish relations? The New Jersey Jewish News looks into it.
  • Haaretz talks to some longtime Chicago Jewish friends of Obama.
  • Post-election healing is even necessary in Jewish day schools, reports the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.
  • And Gary Rosenblatt in the Jewish Week writes about the shock of principals at modern Orthodox day schools in New York in hearing racial comments about Obama from students.
  • Obama didn’t do well in Borough Park, reports the New York Daily News.
  • How will the new political realignment affect the Jewish community, asks Jim Besser in The Jewish Week.
  • Jewish politicos talk about what they’re going to do with all the extra time on their hands now that the election is over, in the Washington Jewish Week.
  • Democratic pollsters Mark Mellman and Michael Bloomfield say last week’s overwhelming Jewish vote for Obama doesn’t mean a "diminished centrality" of Israel in the minds of American Jews — it means that American Jews trust that Obama will be a strong supporter of the Jewish state, in the Jerusalem Post.
  • Dean Rotbart, in the L.A. Jewish Journal, apologizes to John McCain and Sarah Palin for the Jewish vote.
  • That fake McCain adviser who didn’t leak negative information about Sarah Palin was named "Martin Eisenstadt" because "all the necons in the Bush administration had Jewish last names and Christian first names," one of the hoaxers tells the New York Times.
  • The National Jewish Democratic Council analyzes how much the Jewish vote contribtued to Obama’s victory in key states, and finds it was crucial in Florida.

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