Barack Obama

Obama helps Jewish Chief of Staff keep Shabbat

By Anna Sheinman, October 29, 2012

It was always going to be difficult for President Obama’s Chief of Staff Jack Lew to keep Shabbat, but making his observance that bit easier is his special Shabbat helper – the president himself.

Mr Lew told New York Jewish newspaper The Forward: “I saw the president on many occasions on Friday afternoons look at his watch, and ask: ‘Isn’t it time for you to get going?’”


Obama, Romney spar over Middle East in presidential debate

By Jennifer Lipman, October 17, 2012

The Republican presidential hopeful accused his Democratic rival of putting "daylight between the US and Israel" during a heated exchange in Tuesday night's debate.

Mitt Romney said there were questions over his opponent's "whole policy" in the Middle East, citing the situations in Syria and Egypt and the recent fatal attack on the US envoy in Libya.


Obama supporter Sarah Silverman's campaign labelled 'sickening ' by rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, October 15, 2012

An American Jewish comedian and outspoken Obama supporter has been attacked by a rabbi for being vulgar and using her Jewish background inappropriately.


Romney or Obama, which President is good news for Israel?

By Jonathan Cummings and Robin Shepherd, October 14, 2012

Jonathan Cummings

Would President Mitt Romney be good news for Israel?


Romney to challenge Obama with foreign policy speech

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2012

Mitt Romney is planning to address questions over his foreign policy agenda at a speech next week.

With a month to go until the presidential election, Mr Romney will make a final push to convince the US electorate that he is the right man to succeed Barack Obama.


Samuel L Jackson in Jewish group's pro-Obama campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

A Jewish group has joined forces with actor Samuel L Jackson in a video campaigning against Mitt Romney.

With just over a month to go before the United States votes on whether to return Democrat Barack Obama to the White House or elect Republican Mr Romney, campaigners on both sides are working hard to spread the word about their favoured candidate.


Obama’s dangerous campaign

By Melanie Phillips, September 16, 2012

Into my inbox last week popped an email from Michelle Obama. "Thank you for an amazing week… Can you chip in $5 or more to stand with Barack today?"


The race is on for kosher vote in US Presidential election

By Tom Tugend, September 13, 2012

In the run-up to the US presidential election on November 6, the battle for the Jewish vote is moving into top gear.

Both parties have in-house, Jewish-focused campaign organisations which proclaim the righteous deeds of their candidate and defend him against the outrageous lies of his opponents.


Condolences offered after deaths of four in Benghazi

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2012

Politicians from around the world have offered condolences to the family and friends of the victims of an attack on US embassy staff in Libya.

The US envoy to the North African country, Christopher Stevens, was killed along three others during a pro-Islamist riot broke in Benghazi on Tuesday night.

President Obama said in a statement that he strongly condemned "the outrageous attack".


David Wolpe, the Democratic rabbi

By Simon Round, September 6, 2012

The Democrats and Republicans may have widely divergent candidates and policies but they do agree on one thing — it is best to use a rabbi to bless their conventions.

While the Republicans went for modern Orthodox minister Meir Soloveichik, the Democrats chose Rabbi David Wolpe of the Conservative Sinai Temple in Los Angeles to perform the invocation.