Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
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Daniel Treiman Jewish Telegraphic Agency
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Republicans and Democrats may not have much common ground this election year, yet their national conventions shared one feature: Both gatherings were blessed from the podium by prominent American rabbis. The Democrats had Rabbi David Wolpe, a best-selling author and leader of a prominent (capital-c) Conservative synagogue in Los Angeles. The Republicans had Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, a rising...
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Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Charlotte, N.C. Jewish swing voters could make or break President Barack Obama's bid for re-election. At least that's the case that Democratic Party leaders made in a training session that packed one of the larger halls at the convention center here on Monday, the day before the formal start of the Democratic National Convention. It came with a message delivered...
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Calif. Democratic Party Chair Apologizes WASHINGTON (JTA) — John Burton, the chairman of the Democratic Party in California, apologized to those who took offense at his remarks comparing Republican statements to Nazi propaganda. Following an uproar over the remarks, which were condemned by Democrats and Republicans, Burton issued a statement on Monday. “To correct press reports of my recent comments...
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Holly Leber Jewish Telegraphic Agency
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Sometimes, Benjamin Ro­senthal thinks about leaving the small town of Indianola, Miss., pop. 11,000, where he spent most of his life. He wants to go where there are more Jews. “It’s easy to lose your identity in the Bible Belt in a town when you are the religious minority,” said Rosenthal, 25. In the Bible Belt, religion rules...
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Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Of all the unknowns being discussed as Hurricane Isaac approached New Orleans, members of Congregation Shir Chadash knew one thing for certain. “Nobody wanted to be the person that said, ‘Oh let’s not move the Torahs this time,’ ” said Rabbi Ethan Linden. “We sort of went into our hurricane action mode and did the best we could.” One of...
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