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New Survey: Fewer US Jews Support Obama, Fewer Still Like Sarah Silverman

As of now, 62 percent of Jewish voters favor Obama's return—down from 78 percent in 2008—but this number is still more than twice the number who said they would prefer a Republican candidate, according to the survey released Tuesday at a National Press Club briefing. Only 37 percent said Comic Sarah Silverman represented Jewish values well or very well. Eric Cantor only got 38 percent.

New Jersey Governor Has Warm Words for Israel

When asked how he felt about the warm reception, the governor responded “it’s a little disorienting. I just got here 9 am this morning and did not expect to meet Americans from Tennessee, Minnesota, California, and New Jersey.” Chants of “2016” could be heard among the crowd, referring to the governor’s potential bid for the next presidential election in four years time.

Met Council and NYC Food Bank Launch Virtual Food Drive for Passover

This Passover season, more than 100,000 Jewish families in NYC will find themselves struggling to put food on the table, according to the Metropolitan...

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Israel for First Official Visit

Gov. Christie, who is visiting with his family and a delegation of leaders from the business and religious sectors, told the Prime Minister that “this is my first visit abroad as Governor and there was never any question of where we would come first, so I’m glad we did.”

International Harpsichordist Ordered to Remove Mezuzah from her Doorpost

Barbara Cadranel, a renowned harpsichordist who delights audiences around the world with her unique interpretation of Baroque as well as contemporary music, says she's feeling "violated." The attorney for her Condo Association says his client permits residents to display religious objects on the outside of their doors, but not on "the frame around the door." One neighbor suggested the mezuzah could be a fire hazard…

Israeli Diplomat’s ‘Spanking’ of J Street Conference Removed from Organization History; Read Entire Speech...

Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the US Baruch Bina addressed thousands of J Street supporters last week, and his appearance had been hailed as a thawing of official Israeli approach to the pro-Palestinian organization. They were in for a big surprise. How big a surprise? The Baruch Bina speech has been removed from J Street's official history. It never happened. But we have it…

Supreme Court: Jerusalem Passport Issue A Matter For Lower Courts

The U.S. Supreme Court returned to the lower courts the issue of whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” on their passports – a ruling that drew praise from Jewish groups. The decision delivered Monday was a success for the family of Jerusalem-born boy Menachem Zivotofsky. His family for years has sought to force the State Department to agree to state on his passport that he was born in Israel, citing a law passed by Congress in 2002.

US Requesting Extra Funding for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome,’ Obama Gaining Praise

The Pentagon will ask Congress for additional funds for the "Iron Dome" missile shields for Israel, based on their success in intercepting rockets launched from Gaza. Coming one day after drawing fire for his open-mic remarks, President Obama is winning points from pro-Israel Congress members for his increased support. Rafael, which manufactures the Domes systems, just reported $111 million in net earnings for 2011.

Obama Off-the-Record: I Will Have Greater Flexibility on Foreign Policy After Presidential Election

President Obama was unaware that he was within microphone range at the Seoul Nuclear Summit when he made the comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

UNRWA Press Release: US is UNRWA’s Largest Bilateral Donor

The Commissioner-General of UNRWA expressed his gratitude for the crucial support extended by the United States: "The United States remains UNRWA's largest bilateral donor and this latest contribution again demonstrates America's strong support to the Agency and its activities, of which improving the lives of Palestinian refugee youth, and the opportunities open to them, is such an important part."

US Supreme Court Orders State Dept. to List Jerusalem, Israel, in American Passports

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday on the case of Zivotofsky v. Clinton, a suit in which Naomi and Ari Zivotofsky are challenging the way the State Department may list the birthplace of their son, nine-year-old Menachem. The State Department decided that little Menachem's US passport should show Jerusalem as his birth place, without an accompanying country.

Ranking US Congressman Introduces Legislation Offering Further Assistance on Iron Dome

The Iron Dome Support Act (IDSA) authorizes and encourages President Obama to provide funds for the "procurement, maintenance and sustainment" of more of the anti-missile defense systems, should the Israeli government request it. The legislation was actually inspired by an op-ed by Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, in which he wrote that "at least ten Iron Dome systems will be necessary in order to defend the whole country."

Farrakhan Tweets Retaliation for Slain Trayvon Martin

As federal and local authorities investigate the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and whether or not Florida's “stand your ground” law applied to the shooter, George Zimmerman (not Jewish), Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has been calling for "justice" in typically disturbing ways.

Sunday Rematch: Frum Soccer Winners and their Caribbean ‘Victims’

The Crown Heights Caribbean soccer players who were destroyed last year by a team of Orthodox Jews are seeking revenge this Sunday. Of course, this is all about good sportsmanship and harmony, as the organizers of "Soccer for Harmony" keep repeating, because in Crown Heights it's better to repeat those things, just to be on the safe side.

Obama, Clinton, Abbas, Comparing Notes on Eve of Quartet Meet

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton phoned President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting of the international Quartet scheduled for next month. Clinton's call to Abbas was to follow up on discussions between Abbas and Obama a day earlier.

Backlash Against Inclusion of BDS in Israel Day Parade

A major backlash against a UJA-Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) decision to permit groups encouraging Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel...

Aaron Klein Offers $50,000 Challenge To Pro-Palestinian Activist

On his WABC Radio show, Aaron Klein offered $50,000 to an organizer of the upcoming Global March to Jerusalem if the activist could name one city in the Middle East outside of Israel that has more freedom than Jerusalem.

Evangelical Ministers Converge On Jerusalem In Support Of Israel

From a raucous display of affection for the Israeli prime minister to an inspiring encounter with beleaguered Israeli citizens who live near the Gaza Strip, influential evangelical leaders visiting from the U.S. this week gave the people of Israel a much needed injection of moral support.

Chicago Billionaire Fundraiser Drops Obama for Romney Over 67 Border

Susan Crown, a philanthropist and member of the billionaire Crown family, says she has switched sides this election year, after supporting candidate Barack Obama in 2008. She will be bundling donations for candidate Mitt Romney this year.

Tuesday’s Senate Vote Amid Accusations of Neo-Nazism and General Nastiness

Following the resignation of bribery plagued Senator Carl Kruger, voters in Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Gravesend, Mill Basin and Midwood, are choosing his successor. Both candidates, Democrat Lewis Fidler and Republican David Storobin, have not discussed the issues so much as exchanged wild and nasty accusations regarding Storobin's affiliations with… neo-Nazis.

Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman Announces He Will Not Run For Reelection

Ackerman was most recently involved in the successful efforts to free Israeli-American citizen Ilan Grapel from prison in Egypt on spy charges. Grapel is a constituent of Ackerman's.

Author A.B. Yehoshua: American Jews are ‘Partial Jews’

Noted Israeli author and Israel Prize Laureate A.B. Yehoshua said that living outside Israel "is a very deep failure of the Jewish people," and lamented that immigration numbers from the United States are "minimal" and "embarrassing." He was equally acerbic regarding the large Israeli ex-patriot community.

Poll: 78% of Republicans Support Israel versus 53% of Democrats

The Republican Jewish Coalition: "Over the last dozen years of Gallup polling on this question, there has been a clear trend: Republican support for Israel has risen steadily, moving from 60% to a high of 85%, while Democrat support has been relatively flat, at around 50%."

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