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  • Democrat Kim Schrier wins House race in Washington state, flipping a Republican district

    (JTA) — Kim Schrier, a Jewish Democrat in Washington state running for Congress, has won her race in a district that was Republican. Schrier garnered nearly 53 percent of the vote against Republican Dino Rossi in the 8th District, according to The New York Times. She will be among 11 Jewish women, including nine in…

  • More than 75 percent of Jews voted for Democrats in the midterms

    (JTA) — More than 75 percent of Jews voted for Democrats on an Election Day that was also good to Jewish congressional candidates. A poll conducted by GBA Strategies, a Democrat-aligned pollster, and commissioned by the liberal Israel lobby J Street, found that 76 percent of Jewish voters voted for Democrats, while 19 percent voted…

  • 6 Democratic candidates faced alleged anti-Semitic attacks. Here’s how they fared.

    (JTA) — In the final weeks of the midterm election campaign, Republicans in six states targeted their Democratic opponents with attacks many saw as echoing anti-Semitic tropes. The attacks — mostly involving pictures of Jewish candidates clutching money — were denounced and debated. But were they effective? Answer: Yes and no. It’s hard to say…

  • Here are the results in Tuesday’s races that matter most to Jews

    This is a developing story. (JTA) —  Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections held Tuesday, with Jewish Congress members poised to take key leadership roles. Republicans looked to increase their majority in the Senate. Six Jewish Democrats are set to chair key House committees, including three representatives from New…

  • 12 Jewish (or Jewish-adjacent) races to watch

    (JTA) — Happy Election Day. Nationwide, Americans will be watching the electoral map to see if a “blue wave” sweeps Democrats to control of the House of Representatives, and maybe even the Senate, or if Republicans hang on to one or both houses. And in a number of cases, Jewish candidates or issues will be…

  • Disunity and hate defined the midterm campaign for Jews

    (JTA) — Do American Jews agree on anything anymore? It seems like they have been asking the question for years — or at least since 2016. And in the campaign leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, divisions have become even more pronounced. Whether there’s a “blue wave” when the day is over or Republicans…

  • Republicans in several states run ads depicting Jewish opponents clutching money

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republicans in Alaska, Washington state, Connecticut, North Carolina and California have run ads showing Jewish Democrats handling cash. In Pennsylvania, a candidate married to a Jewish man is depicted similarly. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Washington state Republican Party sent voters fliers depicting congressional candidate Kim Schrier with a wad of cash in…

  • This Pittsburgh rabbi lost 3 congregants in the shooting. Here’s how he is observing Shabbat.

    (JTA) — Six days ago, on Shabbat, Rabbi Jonathan Perlman was hiding in a pitch-black storage closet as one of his congregants was shot dead in front of him. The time since has been filled with funerals, counseling congregants and figuring out how to move forward as a community, a city — and a rabbi….

  • Why pro-Israel Twitter is mad at Ben & Jerry’s

    (JTA) — In this dire time, as the Jewish community is still recovering from the brutal massacre of 11 Jews at a synagogue, some pro-Israel activists on social media have discovered the true foe of the Jewish people: Ben & Jerry’s. We have met the enemy, and it is ice cream. Specifically, these defenders of…

  • Pittsburgh remembers Bernice and Sylvan Simon, who built a loving family

    PITTSBURGH (JTA) — Bernice and Sylvan Simon were married in the sanctuary of Tree of Life Congregation 62 years ago. Week after week they attended services there, chatting with the Holocaust survivor who sat a row in front of them. And on Saturday, hours before they were to gather with their family to celebrate their…