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Obama Holds Pre-Rosh Hashanah Conference Call with Rabbis, Clergy

By: JTA

President Obama reflected on the High Holidays and offered New Year’s greetings in a conference call with nearly 1,000 Orthodox rabbis and other Jewish clergy.

In the call, on Friday afternoon, Obama extended the greetings on behalf of himself and the first lady for a sweet, happy and healthy New Year. He noted that the Jewish High Holidays provide an opportunity for Jews to reflect on the past year and recommit themselves to core values.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins on Wednesday evening.

With the United States marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Obama also noted the important role played by American Jews in the civil rights movement.

The president also discussed the upcoming enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act and the renewed Israel-Palestinians peace talks.

Four major organizations hosted the call: the Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform); the Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative); the Rabbinical Council of America (Orthodox); and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

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8 Responses to “Obama Holds Pre-Rosh Hashanah Conference Call with Rabbis, Clergy”

  1. Diane Kroh says:

    Oh Obama. Do you think that a phone call and some words of happiness is going to change what you have said about Israel? How you are causing them more trouble than helping? Shame on you.

  2. Diane Kroh says:

    Oh Obama. Do you think that a phone call and some words of happiness is going to change what you have said about Israel? How you are causing them more trouble than helping? Shame on you.

  3. Of a truth, one cannot know, of a certainty, the motive (s) of the heart of another, however, my gut tells me that this call is not 'without wax.' I am so sorry to say.

  4. Of a truth, one cannot know, of a certainty, the motive (s) of the heart of another, however, my gut tells me that this call is not 'without wax.' I am so sorry to say.

  5. Denise Vazquez Troutman says:

    Love this!

  6. Yechiel Baum says:

    how nice! a conference call! All I got was reading it in a Jewish magazine.
    If Obama was sincere, he would do something on behalf of the Jewish people for a change.

  7. God hates a hypocrite. He also hates a liar… "Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight." Proverbs 12:12 Obama is in trouble on both accounts,

  8. Georgann Chenault says:

    Why would he bring up Obamacare enrollment? What an opportunist!

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