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New Orleans Jewish community opens its arms to newcomers

By Gail Naron Chalew, JTA Editor’’s note: This was written prior to Hurricane Gustav. NEW ORLEANS —— Three years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf...

Biden: strong ties, friendly disagreements

DENVER — Before he announced his vice presidential pick, Aug. 23, Barack Obama said he wanted someone to spar with but who ultimately would be loyal enough to create a...

The almighty convention: More than a state fair and Purim rolled into one — a desire for change

The ultimate challenge at a political convention is to determine exactly what is real and what is not. The big party conventions are, after all, the state fairs, the...

A rabbi at the DNC: our responsibility toward our neighbor

By Tzvi Hersh Weinreb This is Rabbi Weinreb’s keynote address at the interfaith gathering preceeding the DNC. Weinreb is the executive vice president of OU. Our sacred...

MLK’s ‘I have a dream’ lives today

By Mark Schneier On Aug. 28, our nation was due to pause to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his historic “I Have A Dream” speech. Although he […]

A trek to

At 11:45 a.m. on Monday, I started down the long and winding road to the Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center. I walked to the RTD shuttle on Lincoln,...

Protesters revel in opportunity

Whatever else Denver may have been for the past few days — and it’s been any number of things — it has certainly been this: a carnival of causes. Drawn […]

Jewish Demos revel in confidence

Sunday, August 24. The Day Before. Anticipation. Excitement. Dread. Police officers, sheriff deputies and security guards in crisp uniforms. Everywhere. Visitors and...

Jews play significant roles in conventions

WASHINGTON— Every four years, the national Democrataic and Republican conventions provide an opportunity for Jewish politicos and communal figures to flex some...

Eruv battle in Hamptons turns ugly

NEW YORK — Charges of anti-Semitism are swirling in a tony seaside village in the Hamptons after a contentious community meeting at a local synagogue and the departure...