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AJC poll confirms wide Jewish preference for Obama

A poll conducted by the American Jewish Committee confirms a decided Jewish preference of 65 percent for President Barack Obama over 24 percent for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, were the election to be held today. Ten percent remain undecided, but according to the poll, Obama enjoys a substantial lead of 63 percent to Romney’s 27 percent.

Most striking is the split between denominations. Orthodox Jews favor Romney over Obama 54...

Wayne Firestone stepping down as Hillel CEO

NEW YORK (JTA) — After seven years as the chief executive at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Wayne Firestone will be stepping down from his post in June 2013. Firestone, who has worked at Hillel for more than a decade and served as its CEO since 2005, spent Thursday and Friday informing the organization’s top board leaders and staffers about his decision to resign as the head of the...

Lewinsky to write “tell all” memoir about Clinton affair

(JTA) — Monica Lewinsky reportedly is writing a memoir about her White House affair with President Bill Clinton. She will get $12 million for the tell-all book, the New York Post reported, citing friends of Lewinsky. Lewinsky, 39, is out for “revenge,” according to the Post.

The newspaper said Lewinsky, who is Jewish, will release love letters that she wrote to Clinton, and provide details about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s private life.

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Madoff investors gain back $2.48 billion

(JTA) — More than $2.48 billion in additional funds recovered from the Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme have been sent to individuals and organizations bilked out of their investments. Checks ranging from $1,784 to $526 million were mailed Wednesday to 1,230 former customers of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, according to the Madoff Recovery Initiative. The average payment will be about $2 million. The new sum adds to the $1.15 billion already...

Key figure in anti-Muslim movie taken in for questioning

(JTA) — An Egyptian Christian man who police say is one of the key figure behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” was taken in for questioning. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was questioned near Los Angeles after being brought in Saturday morning by federal probation officers, The New York Times reported, but he was not placed under arrest.

Police reportedly may be investigating whether Nakoula uploaded the 14-minute movie trailer,...

On U.S. news shows Netanyahu calls for red line on Iran

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will try to win American public support for red lines on Iran’s nuclear program in appearances on American news shows. Netanyahu appeared Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in a pre-recorded interview.

“Iran is guided by a leadership with an unbelievable fanaticism,” Netanyahu told host David Gregory. “It’s the same fanaticism that you see storming your embassies today. You want these fanatics...

Jewish connection unlikely; Egyptian admits involvement with anti-Islam film

NEW YORK (JTA) — He’s not a Jew. At least that’s the latest on the man behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” which has fueled attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. The Libya attack left the country’s U.S. ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other diplomats dead.

The filmmaker appears to be an Egyptian Christian rather than an Israeli Jew, as he had claimed in...

Campaign for Jewish votes: GOP has the money, Dems have history

By RON KAMPEAS

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (JTA) — In the battle for Jewish votes this November, both parties acknowledge the other’s advantage: Republicans have the money and Democrats have the history. The funding disparity was evident on Sunday and Monday when the Republican Jewish Coalition rolled out major voter outreach bids in three major Jewish population centers: the suburbs of Cleveland and Philadelphia, and in Broward and Palm Beach counties...

Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about Iran as the White House denied that the prime minister requested a Washington meeting. “The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues,” said a statement issued Tuesday night by the White House. “President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed that they are united in their...

Israel-U.S. tensions over Iran boiling over

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Between the red lines, the deadlines, the diplomacy and the dress downs, the vaunted cooperation between Israel and the United States on whether and when to strike Iran seems to be in a free fall.

In an unusually blunt outburst, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday blasted the “international community” — widely seen in Israeli media as code for the Obama administration — for...