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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.)

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)**

Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

Ben Cardin (D-Md.)**

Carl Levin (D-Mich.)

Al Franken (D-Minn.)

Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)


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 vote.

Both parties blitzed Jewish voters in swing states, particularly Ohio and Florida, ahead of the election.

Jews constituted 2...

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 from the back seat.

“You vote your way and I’ll vote mine,” she replied, her eyes rolling as he set...

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 Americans went to the polls to pick their next president.

Some polling places were completely unusable due to the storm,...

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 the eighth floor, The New York Times reported Monday that 125 Maiden Lane may remain closed for months while transformers,...

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 Hurricane Sandy’s winds and the surge of seawater that inundated the neighborhood. For nearly 48 hours last week, the organization’s...

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 Jewish vote. It’s that little that is sacred has not been put to use.

Efforts to pick up Jewish votes...

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 responses. Together with other volunteers, Fine is helping to orchestrate a grassroots effort to help out at the city’s local...

List of charities to donate for Hurricane Sandy victims

Locally,  Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana, Congregation Beth Israel  are collecting for Hurricane Sandy relief online. They are advancing funds they collect to specific organizations and religious institutions with whom they have personally been in touch. Chabad, for example,  is said to have lost 30 Chabad  Houses due to the destruction in NY and NJ.

Meanwhile, Temple Sinai its running its relief efforts through the Union for Reform Judaism...

Deluged school’s heartache: ruined Torah scrolls and devastated communities


NEW YORK (JTA) — When Rabbi Avremel Okonov arrived Tuesday morning at the school he co-founded 10 years ago in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, the water in the basement had already receded from the high water mark. It only came up to his knees.

Everywhere he looked around his school, Mazel Academy, there was destruction. On the walls of the school’s lower level, which sits...