Sandy stories: Destruction, recovery and human kindness


NEW YORK (JTA) — A week after Sandy swept into the New York area with fierce winds, driving rain and a high tide for the history books, the nation’s largest Jewish community was still picking up the pieces. JTA gathered stories from around the storm zone about...
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As Obama enters second term, Israelis wonder what the future holds


TEL AVIV (JTA) – Most Israelis were asleep as the polls closed in America and voters waited for the results, but on one rooftop in central Tel Aviv a party with loud classic rock music and flashing lights was going strong.

It was the pro-Obama election-watching party...
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Jews in the 113th Congress


NEW YORK (JTA) — The next Congress will have 10 Jews in the Senate and 22 in the House of Representatives, a decline from the 112th Congress. Below is the list of Jews who are expected to serve in the 113th Congress.


Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

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Exit poll: Obama garners 69 percent of Jewish vote

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama won 69 percent of the Jewish vote according to an exit poll. The poll, posted on CNN’s website, was commensurate with projections by preelection polls by Gallup, the American Jewish Committee, among others, that Obama would win between 65 and 70 percent of the Jewish...
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Florida’s voters have much to say on Election Day


BOCA RATON, Fla. (JTA) — At about 10 a.m. on Election Day, a black sedan pulled up to the polling station at the J.C. Mitchell Elementary School. “He threw Israel under the bus,” said the car’s driver, a chatty silver-haired man, as he helped an elderly woman...
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Sandy-affected voters in NY, NJ can choose polling place

(JTA) — Voters in New York and New Jersey affected by superstorm Sandy will be permitted to vote at any polling place in their respective states using a provisional ballot. “Just because you’re displaced doesn’t mean you should be disenfranchised,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, a day before...
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Sandy fallout closing offices of Forward, other Jewish organizations for ‘months’

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Manhattan office building that houses the Jewish Daily Forward and several Jewish organizations may be closed for several months due to flood damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy. Citing an unnamed disaster recovery company official involved with the building, where the newspaper has an office on...
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On eve of GA, Federations retool when crisis hits


BALTIMORE (JTA) — The national headquarters of the Jewish Federations of North America could not have been in a worse location when Sandy struck. Except, maybe, if it were located on the Jersey Shore.

The Jewish Federations’ building in lower Manhattan lost power amid...
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Last pushes for Jewish votes in Ohio, other swing states stir emotions


BEACHWOOD, Ohio (JTA) — The family wedding. The entrance to the local synagogue. The future of Israel. Your precious grandchild. In the final days of what has been a close and bitterly contested election, it’s not so much that nothing is sacred in the fight for the...
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In wake of Hurricane Sandy, Jewish volunteers step up


NEW YORK (JTA) — Just before Shelly Fine went to sleep Tuesday night, he posted his contact information and an appeal seeking volunteers for the Hurricane Sandy relief effort on a popular Upper West Side blog. When the 63-year-old woke up the next morning, he had 163...
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