Jewish Senate hopefuls defeated

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish Senate hopefuls in Hawaii, Ohio and Nevada went down to defeat. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) lost her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who received nearly 46 percent of the vote to Berkley’s nearly 45 percent. Berkley, an outspoken supporter of Israel who has...
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Maariv daily workers go on strike

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The staff of Maariv has gone on strike for the first time in the Israeli daily newspaper’s 64-year history. The Hebrew-language paper was not printed Wednesday and its website NRG has not been updated since Tuesday evening, when the employees walked off the job.

The action comes...
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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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Asner event draws lots of kids, pillowcases

Children’s author and illustrator Anne-Marie Asner had a “nice sized event,” according to 13th Annual Jewish Book Festival organizer Debbie Pesses. Even though most of the audience was pint-sized, Asner was warmly received as she read portions of her book “Shluffy Girl,” part of her Matzah Ball Books series of...
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