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Indian Commandos Move on Mumbai Chabad House Seized by Terrorists

By Anshel Pfeffer, Barak Ravid, Amos Harel, Yair Ettinger, Haaretz Correspondents, and News Agencies

Indian commandos were dropped by helicopter on the roof of the besieged Chabad headquarters in Mumbai as Indian snipers at the site opened fire early Friday morning.Read More


Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu To Visit Postville

By Nathaniel Popper

On the edge of Postville visitors are greeted by a sign advertising the Iowa town as the birthplace of 1946 Nobel Peace Prize winner John Mott. This weekend, the town will play host to a more recent winner of the prize, the Guatemalan indigenous leader Rigoberta Menchu.Read More


At the Parties: Celebrating in New York, Feeling Glum in Philly

Our Anthony Weiss and Lana Gersten report from a pair of election night parties with very different vibes.Read More


Coming Out on Election Day

By Anthony Weiss

Wearing a “Pennsylvania for Obama” button on his left lapel, a Hebrew “Barack Obama ‘08” button on his right lapel, and a broad grin on his face, Burt Siegel looked like a liberated man.Read More


A Red Outpost in New York

By Marc Perelman

“We’re the only Americans here,” snapped Bernice Pfugl, bantering in a thick Brooklyn accent as she stood with friends outside the Shorefront Senior Center near Brighton Beach’s fabled boardwalk, a center of the Russian-Jewish émigré community. Not only was Pfugl one of the few non-Russian speakers at the polling place, she was also one of the few Obama supporters.Read More


America Votes: Election Day Coverage From Coast to Coast

By Forward Staff

Our far-flung Election Day correspondents report from Jewish communities across the country — with dispatches from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California.Read More


Jewish Academics Form Pro-Obama Group

By Anthony Weiss

The latest group of Jewish professionals that is banding together to support Barack Obama’s candidacy are professors in Jewish studies.Read More


Obama Campaign Hits Hasidic Sukkah Circuit

By Marc Perelman

The Obama campaign plunged into the heart of the ultra-Orthodox community at a Sukkot event hosted by a rabbi in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.Read More


Rally at U.N. Tells Ahmadinejad: ‘Go Home’

By Ben Harris, JTA

Thousands of protesters filled Dag Hammarskjold Plaza opposite the United Nations for a rally against Iran’s president, who came to town to address the General Assembly.Read More


Coalition Gears Up To Protest Ahmadinejad Dinner

By Marc Perelman

A coalition of Jewish and non-Jewish groups is planning a demonstration to protest a September 25 dinner organized by five American Christian organizations at which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be a featured guest.Read More





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