United States

JDC to cut aid and staff

June 20, 2008

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is to reduce its number of programmes and cut 60 jobs in offices in the US and abroad due to financial pressures. The weak dollar has left the aid organisation with a budget shortfall of some $60 million (£30m).

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Democrats to benefit from US lobby’s cash

June 20, 2008

Two Congressmen and five Congressional hopefuls will be receiving campaign money from J Street, the new dovish Jewish-American lobby.

The lobby announced its first round of political endorsements on Monday and the recipients will be six Democrats and one Republican. J Street is an organisation aiming to support candidates who will push for more aggressive American engagement in the Israeli-Arab peace process, oppose the Iraq war, and encourage diplomatic talks with Iran and Syria.

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Singles ‘key to future of US Judaism’

June 20, 2008

A new study has identified the growing number of young singles as the “swing vote” of American Jewry, writes Shmuel Rosner.

The research found that in 1990, just 33 per cent of non-Orthodox Jews aged 25-39 were single. By 2000-01, the number had grown to 50 per cent.

Steven Cohen, a sociologist studying American Jewry, and Ari Kelman, an assistant professor of American studies at the University of California at Davis, called this group of Jewish singles the new “swing vote” of American Judaism.

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McCain’s pastor isolated after saying Shoah was ‘God’s plan’

May 30, 2008

John Hagee, the controversial American preacher and endorser of Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has vowed “to fight antisemitism and to support Israel” as he hit back at criticism over his contentious Holocaust theology.

Mr McCain recently cut his ties with the preacher — who founded Christians United for Israel — after a sermon by Mr Hagee came to light in which he explained the Shoah as a divine plan.

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Obama's liberal Jewish fools

By Melanie Phillips, May 30, 2008

American Jews are so intent on voting anti-Republican that they are trying to elect an anti-Israel Democrat

Are American Jews the equivalent of chickens voting for Shabbat?

They have persuaded themselves that Barack Obama is a friend of the Jewish people, because Obama put his hand on his heart and swore
undying friendship to the state of Israel.

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Obama out to prove pro-Israel credentials

By Nathan Guttman, May 23, 2008

As Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama moves toward securing his party’s nomination, attacks on the candidate’s views on Israel and the Middle East are intensifying.

Mr Obama, who is now on a collision course with President George Bush and with Republican nominee John McCain over his more equivocal policy on Hamas and Iran, has made a point of answering every attack and of increasing his effort to prove his pro-Israel credentials to the US Jewish community.

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AJC praise by Obama pastor

May 2, 2008

The former pastor of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has praised Jewish leaders. Reverend Jeremiah Wright, accused of likening Israeli policies to apartheid and blaming the US for bringing the September 11 terror attacks on itself due to its foreign policy, made a point of publicly thanking Melanie Maron, an American Jewish Committee leader, and “my good friend and Jewish author Tim Wise”.

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Race still on after US poll win

By Nathan Guttman, April 25, 2008

The Democratic race for the party’s nomination is no closer to a result despite Hillary Clinton’s win in Tuesday’s primary elections in the state of Pennsylvania. According to exit polls, Mrs Clinton benefited more than Barack Obama from efforts to lobby the local community, with 55 per cent of Jewish voters supporting her and only 45 per cent giving their vote to Mr Obama. Both contenders had made a special effort to reach out to Jewish voters in Pennsylvania.

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