Jews For Obama

 We are American Jews. We enthusiastically support Barack Obama.

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Obama\'s Speech on Israel Independence

We have decided to issue this statement because, increasingly, we are seeing inaccurate and often scurrilous attacks on his positions circulating on the internet. We are not interested in stimulating an endorsement war with any other candidate. We are interested in setting the record straight.

We represent the breadth of the American Jewish community. Some of us are observant, some are not. We are old and young, male and female, and we represent a wide range of professions. A few of us are sabras; a few are converts. A few come from families that sought refuge in the United States from the Holocaust. Some of us have known Barack Obama personally for many years. Others were drawn to his stirring call for change.

Why do we support Senator Obama?

Our reasons are as diverse as our own community. Some of us support his history of enacting ethics reform legislation. Others admire that he opposed the Iraq war, even as many politicians supported it, against their own better judgment but because they feared the political consequences. Still others believe he will be the best on environmental issues and climate change, and that he will address Darfur with a sense of urgency. And others think he is best positioned to lead us toward health care reform and to tackle the considerable problems of the economy.

Whatever our personal reasons, we all believe that Senator Obama is one of those unusual visionary leaders who comes once in a generation to inspire us to overcome what has, especially for the past seven years, divided and polarized us.

Despite this, we are increasingly seeing vicious and often nameless attacks on Senator Obama. Some of these are downright silly: that the Senator is Muslim (“proven” by his middle name, which he received, along with his other two names, from his father); that he refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance; or that he would use a Koran instead of a Bible in his swearing-in ceremony.

Religious leaders of our own community have called for a halt in the “particularly abhorrent … hateful emails that use falsehood and innuendo to mischaracterize Senator Barack Obama’s religious beliefs and who he is as a person.” The “Open Letter to the Jewish Community” was signed by Rabbis who lead Reform and Orthodox parts of Judaism, and officials from the American Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Committee, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Anti-Defamation League.

More disturbing are the charges that electing Senator Obama would be “bad” for Israel.

The best answer to the last point comes from Senator Obama, himself. “I start with the premise that Israel is a stalwart ally of ours and their security cannot be compromised” Senator Obama pledged last year to an AIPAC audience. “Our job is to never forget that the threat of violence is real.”

Other leaders and opinion makers confirm Senator Obama’s strong support of Israel.

Alon Pinkas, a columnist for the Jerusalem Post, wrote that “Obama’s voting record on issues pertaining to Israelis [is] impeccable. …He has never outlined a policy that Israelis … find incompatible with what they believe a pro-Israeli Mid-East policy should be.”

Shmuel Rosner, Chief U.S. correspondent for Haaretz, concluded that “Obama supports Israel. Period.” Mel Levine, former Congressman and AIPAC Board Member, whose standing and respect in the Jewish-American community is unquestioned, wrote recently that

“More than most, Jewish Americans have benefited from progressive ideas and inclusive politics, and no candidate better represents that tradition than Barack Obama. In fact, there is something essentially Jewish about Obama’s political philosophy. “One” is the golden thread that runs throughout Jewish thought and belief . . . Oneness is a Jewish frame of mind. In his speeches and public statements, his legislation and his voting record, he has proven himself to be a stalwart friend of Israel, committed to helping Israel in its search for peace with its neighbors, while standing strong with Israel against those who do not share this vision.”

As for the charges made regarding Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite who has said intemperate, distasteful, and inaccurate things about Jews and the Holocaust, we want to set the record straight.  Senator Obama quickly denounced any statement of approval of Louis Farrakhan, saying “I decry racism and anti-Semitism in every form and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan.”  About his own church, which publishes Trumpet Newsmagazine, Senator Obama said, “I assume that Trumpet Magazine made its own decision to honor Farrakhan based on his efforts to rehabilitate ex-offenders, but it is not a decision with which I agree.”

Upon careful examination of Barack Obama’s record, we believe he has the policy instincts, judgment, wisdom, and passion that we need in our next President of the United States. We hope that American Jews everywhere will join in our support for Senator Obama.

This is the initial list of signatures. To add your name, scroll to the bottom of this list for instructions or Click Here.

Ruth Greenspan Bell
Climate Policy Expert
Washington, D.C.

Tara Sonenshine
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Miriam Sapiro
Washington, D.C.

Barbara Green
Isaac Green
Washington, D.C.

Linda S. Goodman
Los Angeles, California

Anne Hessing Cahn
Seattle,Washington

Laurie Wohl
Artist
New York, New York

Jonathan T. Stoel
Washington, DC

Abner Mikva
Zoe Mikva
Chicago, IL

Mel Levine
Former U.S. Congressman (1983-1993)
Los Angeles, CA

Robert Pitofsky and Sally Pitofsky
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Robin Leeds
Washington, DC

Julius Genachowski
Washington DC

Laurence H. Tribe
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Martha Minow
Cambridge, MA

Charles Gati
Holocaust survivor
Washington, DC

Toby Gati
Washington, DC

Judith Rauh Falk
Nobleboro, Maine

David Broida
Haverford, PA

Henri Barkey
Professor, Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

Barbara B. Franklin
Washington, D.C.

Lewis I Cohen
International Trade Consultant
Washington DC

Alice Sklar
Waxahachie, Texas

Helaine L. Schweitzer
Oakland, California

Natalie H. Klein
South Bend, IN

Neil Olken
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Perry Apelbaum
Chevy Chase, MD

Mike Shor
Washington, D.C.

David Falk
Maryland School of Public Policy
College Park, Maryland

Mary E. Baim
Chicago, Illinois

Jonathan H. Greenspan
Westlake Village, California

Armin Rosencranz
Public Policy Professor
Washington D.C.

Sylvia Rosencranz
New York, N.Y.

Kimberley Morris
Attorney
Washington, D.C

Daniel M. Singer
Washington, D.C

David E. Birenbaum
former US Ambassador to the UN for UN Management and Reform
Washington, DC

Aviva Sagalovitch Meyer
Washington, D.C.

Carlos Stern
Alexandria, Virginia

Gideon Maltz
Washington, DC

Joan Goodman
Philadelphia, PA

Robert H. Kapp
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Jean Kapp
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Hon. Arline Pacht (ret).
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Rabbi Bruce M. Freyer
Scarsdale, New York

Alan Wurtzel
Education Policy
Delaplane, Virginia

Joseph H. Guttentag
Washington, D.C.

Elaine Boxer and
Baruch Boxer
Palo Alto, California

Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong
Hawaii

Lynn Haar Reichgott
Larchmont, New York

Elizabeth M. Buchanek
Bethesda, Maryland

Judy Gordon
Pleasantville, NY

Ruth Uhlmann
Washington, D.C.

Charles R Gallistel
Professor

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Rochel Gallistel
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Jane and Harvey L. Rich
Washington, D.C.
Paris, France

Dr. Margorie Oderberg
Dr. Phillip Oderberg
Los Angeles, California

Lawrence S. Lewin
Health Policy Consultant
Chevy Chase, MD

Rena Wertzer
Scarsdale, New York

Ethel Lieberthal
Milwaukee, WI

Alan Dowty
Israel Studies Scholar
South Bend, Indiana

Lynn Brice Rosen
Santa Fe NM

Elinor Waters
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Naomi and Jaime Oderberg Moss
Seattle, Washington

Celeste and William Behrend
Pittsburgh, PA

Jack Levy
Wilmington, NC

Roberta Greenfield
Chevy Chase, MD

Nancy K Schlossberg
Sarasota, Florida

Lisbeth B. Schorr
Washington D.C.

Susan Willens
Washington, D.C.

Patricia Willson
Albuquerque, NM

Louise DeCosta Wides
Washington, DC

Claire Schwab Frankel,
Washington, D.C.

Henry W. Polmer
Barbara (Bunny) Polmer
Washington, DC

Lois Schiffer
Washington, D. C.

Frank K. Bamberger
Brooklyn, NY

Nancy Greenfield
Silver Spring, Maryland

Cathy Becker
Aurora, Ohio

Franklin D. Nash, M.D.
Professor of Medicine (Ret.)
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Ben Wides
Teacher, UFT Chapter Leader
Brooklyn, NY

Michael Raysson
Cambridge, MA

Ellen Stutman
Artist
Cambridge, MA

Elaine Fantle Shimberg
Tampa, FL 33606

Saone Baron Crocker
Washington, DC

Wendy Marcus Raymont
Washington DC

Gordon Fellman
Brandeis University
Cambridge, MA.

Sarah Raymont
New York, NY

Francine Foster
Santa Fe, NM

Peter Gray
Silver Spring, MD

Shirley Fishbach
Stamford, CT

Myra S. Perel
Baltimore, MD

Kenneth J. Krupsky
Attorney
Washington, DC

Lenore Chaice Mintz
Norwalk, Connecticut

Aviva Kempner
Washington, D.C.

Marjorie Goldman
Stamford ,CT

Jeffrey Schwartz
Sarasota, Florida

Sandra Berler
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Lillian Fisher
Judge, Superior Court (ret)
Tucson AZ

Hank Levine
Attorney
Washington, DC

Beryl Radin
Washington, DC

Johanna R. Bell
Menlo Park, California

Stephen W. Arent
Denver, Colorado

Donna Grossman
Reston, VA

Aviva Futorian
Attorney
Chicago, IL

Howell Baum
Baltimore, MD

Michael Sonenshine
US Citizen
Prague, Czech Republic

William Rosenberg
Physician
Wilmette, IL

Michelle Goldberg
Journalist and Author
New York

Carinne Luck
New York, NY

Elana Davidian
New York, NY

Mark A.R. Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy
Los Angeles, CA

Ilan Goldenberg
Washington, DC

Tammy Shapiro
New York, NY

David Greenwald, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Philadelphia,PA

Phillip Carter
Former Army officer; Iraq Veteran; Attorney
Brooklyn, NY

Jonathan Haddad
Athens, GA

Gabriel Roth
Brooklyn, NY

Eric Fisher
Attorney
White Plains, NY

David Orlin
Bethesda, MD

Stephen Vogel
Attorney
New York, NY

David B. Schwartz
Stanford Law School, 2009
Stanford, CA

Jacob Klein
New York City

Greta Kirschenbaum
Environmental Consultant
Berkeley, CA

Claude S. Fischer
Professor
Berkeley, CA

Scott Siegal
Altadena, CA

Jason Brzoska
Albany, NY

Emily Greenberg
Washington, D.C.

Eldon Greenberg
Washington, D.C.

Brandon Liebowitz
New York, NY

Mayer Freed
Professor of Law
Chicago IL

David Lee
Student
Chicago, IL

Michael Nierenberg
San Francisco, CA

Arno Rotbart
Chicago, Illinois

Malkahannah Mintz
Physican
Chicago, Illinois

Jacob Kramer-Duffield
Chapel Hill, NC

Keith Shapiro
Los Angeles, CA

Matthew Goodman
Brooklyn, NY

David Morrill Schlitt
Ann Arbor, MI

Dan Goldman
New York, NY

Jordan Grossman
Potomac, MD

Josh Frank
Falls Church, Virginia

Jonathan Jacobs
Commack, NY

Peter Levin
Professor of Sociology
Barnard College
New York City

Matt Weiner
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Burlington, Vermont

Janet and Gerald Eber
New York City

Robert M. Howard
Associate Professor of Political Science Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Doug Weinfield
Washington, DC

Frederick R. Gerson
Richmond, VA

Alexandra Kendall
New York, New York

Brian Schatz
Honolulu, Hawaii

Mindy Kittay
Boulder, Colorado

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  1. I endorse Barack Obama because he understands tikkun olam.

    Comment by Howell Baum, Baltimore, MD — February 28, 2008 @ 3:01 am

  2. I endorse Barack Obama because he is a passionate voice for unity and healing, which is consistent with my jewish faith.

    Matthew Lewis
    Renewable Energy Consultant
    San Francisco, CA

    Comment by Matthew Lewis — February 28, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

  3. Character counts

    Comment by Esther Mosak — February 28, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  4. I respect Barack Obama for his judgment, sympathy, and sense of social justice. I trust that these qualites will guide his administration’s cooperation with the best of Israel’s actions. Susan Willens

    Comment by Susan P. Willens — February 28, 2008 @ 9:07 pm

  5. I support Barack Obama and I know he is a friend of Israel.
    Finally we have hope!

    Comment by Barbara Schatz — February 29, 2008 @ 2:37 am

  6. Nancy Kreiter
    Winnetka, Illinois

    As a woman, an activist and a Jew, I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Barack Obama over the last decade. He is a “once in a lifetime” leader. His genuine desire to engage, listen and roll up his own sleeves to find solutions accounts for his unique ability to inspire others.

    Comment by Nancy Kreiter — February 29, 2008 @ 5:41 am

  7. Lisa Weil – Chicago, IL.

    I support Barack Obama because he offers me and all of us hope and inspiration, has always been a friend of Israel and will unify America and help us regain respect around the world.

    Comment by Lisa Weil — February 29, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

  8. I support Barack Obama because his values and record of public service reflect the most sacred values of Judaism–tikkun olam–repair of the world.

    Comment by Jessie Macdonald — February 29, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

  9. Tikkun Olam – it is time. I back Obama.

    Comment by Shayna Englin — February 29, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

  10. An Obama Presidency is precisely what we need to ensure America’s and Israel’s security and bring peace to the region.

    Michael Auerbach
    New York, NY.

    Comment by Michael Auerbach — February 29, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

  11. To the Jews who like Obama’s message of tikkun olam but say it is too “idealistic”, I say: we have always been a people of ideals. When they told us we could never make a country like Israel, when they told us we could not worship, when they told us we could not survive, we replied, “Yes, we can.” It is this spirit that has carried us to this day, and this spirit Senator Obama can carry forward.

    - Joel Silberman
    Freelance Writer
    Tel Aviv

    Comment by Joel Silberman — February 29, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

  12. Senator Obama opposed a discretionary, foolish war; supports social justice and economic opportunity at home; and is the embodiment of the Enlightenment universalism inherent in the promise of America.

    Richard Yeselson

    Washington, DC

    Comment by Richard Yeselson — February 29, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

  13. Obama is strong on Israel and strong on peace. Enough said.

    Rob Levy
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Rob Levy — February 29, 2008 @ 5:19 pm

  14. I support Senator Obama because he fights for social values we are proud of in the Jewish tradition.

    Comment by Harold Pollack — February 29, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

  15. Yes, we can! Kein anachnu yecholim!!

    Comment by Rachel Posner — February 29, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

  16. I am an American Jewish woman who wholeheartedly supports Barack Obama; I have given him my total support since he began his presidential run. It is exciting to imagine the possibility of people coming together with a new vision.

    Comment by Wendy Forman — February 29, 2008 @ 5:46 pm

  17. If you will it, it is no dream.

    Spencer Ackerman
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Spencer Ackerman — February 29, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

  18. I support Barack Obama because he embodies what Judaism truly stands for.

    Comment by Anna Greenwald — February 29, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

  19. I have fought for women’s rights and hoped to see a woman president since I graduated from law school 40 years ago when no matter how well a woman performed she routinely was denied opportunities simply because she was a “she.” However, Barack Obama is an extraordinary person who comes along once in a lifetime: the inspirational abilities of RFK and JFK, the brains to be the President of the Harvard Law Review, the commitment to social justice to give up lucrative and prestigious positions to work as a community organizer along with the historical perspective and commitment to justice to have as a main goal the reunification of American Jews and African-Americans who worked together (and some of whom died together) during the civil rights era.

    This country, Israel and the world need someone with his unique background and abilities to bring people of all backgrounds together to work for peace. He represents the very best that this country has to offer, will inspire trust among people in the middle east and elsewhere, and restore America’s moral standing in the world along with our civil liberties here.

    Barbara Brudno
    Attorney (former law professor)
    Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by bbrudno — February 29, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  20. I’m for Obama.

    Comment by Nisan Chavkin — February 29, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

  21. I support Barack Obama because he skillfully, strongly, positively, and without apology, gives voice to the values which I believe in, and does so in a manner that invites others to consider joining what we stand for collectively as Jews, and as Americans.

    Bryan Beller
    Musician/Writer
    Nashville, TN

    Comment by Bryan Beller — February 29, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

  22. Student
    Rockville Centre, NY

    Believe it or not, some, even many Jews want a President with a humane and rational policy towards Israel and the Middle East.

    Comment by Max Bentovim — February 29, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

  23. There is no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama is the best candidate for the American people, and for Jews in particular.

    Comment by Alex Hickox — February 29, 2008 @ 11:17 pm

  24. I support Barack Obama because of his decency, wisdom, and integrity.

    Comment by Donna Slavin — February 29, 2008 @ 11:28 pm

  25. Thanks for organizing this.

    We are living in remarkable times. We have
    the chance to do some major good in the world.

    Stanley Krute
    Camp Creek, CA

    computer & photographic services

    Comment by Stanley Krute — February 29, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

  26. Jews for Obama – we believe that we can work together to find solutions. Compassion for all. Faith instead of fear. Listening to our “enemies.” It’s a new world, a new time, and we have a new leader. All we have to fear is fear itself.

    Comment by catherine — February 29, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

  27. 100% Jewish, Bar Mitzvahed and 100% Obama supporter.

    Don’t believe the right wing smears!!

    Comment by J.Moss — February 29, 2008 @ 11:52 pm

  28. I am Jewish and I strongly support Barack Obama. These are my reasons:

    1. I want a president who inspires, and gives hope.

    2. I want my country to live up to its best ideals.

    3. I don’t believe it is good for our democracy to maintain dynasties.

    4. I strongly believe we need to move beyond rank partisanship.

    5. I want someone in power whose highest value is public service, not power itself.

    6. I don’t want someone in power who will say or do anything to get elected.

    7. I want someone in power who will attack the problems that our country faces, not someone who will attack “enemies”.

    8. I don’t want to have to pretend to be French when out of the country.

    For all of the above and more, I strongly support Barack Obama for president. No candidate is perfect, but having looked at his stands on the issues, I find myself in greater agreement with him than any other candidate currently running. And Barack has the ability to inspire and move people in a positive way that I have not witnessed in any other candidate. I want to believe that we can move out of the darkest period I have ever witnessed. I want to be able to believe in my country again.

    http://satoristephen.com/who-gets-my-vote/

    Comment by Stephen Suess — March 1, 2008 @ 12:15 am

  29. Blessed (aka Baruch, aka Barack) be the peacemaker.

    Todd Gitlin
    Professor of Journalism and Sociology
    Columbia University
    New York City

    Comment by Todd Gitlin — March 1, 2008 @ 12:25 am

  30. I am an orthodox Jew and I support Barack Obama because he shows a rare wisdom among politicians, the wisdom to see not only the world as it is but also the world as it might be. Senator Obama understands that in order to overcome the scourge of organized money in Washington we must mobilize and become organized people, and that in doing so we will find to power to challenge the special interests and challenge ourselves to be better parents, better neighbors, and better citizens.

    Comment by Avraham Nemon — March 1, 2008 @ 12:37 am

  31. Barack Obama understands that it’s how we treat our fellows that gives our lives meaning. And he acts on that understanding. My parents and grandparents would have been proud to participate in this moment and what it signifies.

    Comment by Joel Menachim Shearer — March 1, 2008 @ 12:49 am

  32. We support Barack Obama for many reasons, not least of which is that he is the first candidate for president in our lifetime who talks about Tikun Olam (healing the world). He understands that true change has to come from all of us working for it. Yes We Can!

    Comment by Ellen and Sam Bender — March 1, 2008 @ 1:02 am

  33. he embodies peace, hope, vision and wisdom and a high neshama.
    that is what judaism is about.

    Comment by jacqueline klein — March 1, 2008 @ 1:27 am

  34. David Shor
    Miami, Florida

    Comment by David Shor — March 1, 2008 @ 1:31 am

  35. Aaron Astor
    Asst. Professor of US History
    Maryville, Tennessee

    Comment by Aaron Astor — March 1, 2008 @ 1:37 am

  36. My hope is that Obama’s unique angle of vision–the ability to see America from both inside and outside–will enable him to progress where others have failed.

    Comment by Arthur Goldhammer — March 1, 2008 @ 1:41 am

  37. I support Barack Obama.

    Comment by Phyllis Bender — March 1, 2008 @ 1:46 am

  38. Barack Obama has the unique ability to begin to rebuild our battered image in so many corners of the world. Let’s give him that chance.

    Comment by Michael Felsen, Jamaica Plain, MA — March 1, 2008 @ 1:50 am

  39. Holly Katz
    Deerfield IL

    Comment by Holly Katz — March 1, 2008 @ 1:51 am

  40. Lauren Lavoie
    Seattle, WA

    Comment by Lauren Lavoie — March 1, 2008 @ 1:52 am

  41. Cynthia M. Reichman
    Moorestown, NJ

    Comment by Cynthia M. Reichman — March 1, 2008 @ 1:55 am

  42. Paul Safier
    Philadelphia, PA

    Comment by Paul Safier — March 1, 2008 @ 1:57 am

  43. I wholeheartedly support Barack Obama; he is a force for Tikkun Olam.

    Comment by Amy Sater — March 1, 2008 @ 2:01 am

  44. Andrea Mass
    Palm City, FL

    Comment by Andrea — March 1, 2008 @ 2:04 am

  45. I am a strong supporter of Senator Obama. However, I do not take for granted that all jews would necessarily agree with my personal reasons. We are a diverse community and we have different focuses. Regardless of who we choose to vote for, I do think its essential for us ALL to stand in solidarity with Senator Obama on this one big issue. We cannot remain silent in the face of this evil smear campaign. Senator Obama is being targeted in the most viscious and despicable way by both those within and outside the jewish community. Given our history, I think the jewish people in this country who recognize the manipulation and fear-mongering that is going on have a moral obligation to speak up against it. We must firmly DENOUNCE and REJECT the people and tactics that would use hate and fear to unfairly malign a good and decent man.

    Comment by Donna Matorin LePard — March 1, 2008 @ 2:05 am

  46. Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by Avigail Schotz — March 1, 2008 @ 2:11 am

  47. I have to say, I’ve been shocked at the vicious campaign to defame Senator Obama. I’m not entirely sure how this “anti-israel, anti-semitic” meme was started, but it needs to end. Now. And this is a great first step, coming full circle.

    As Senator Obama said in the last debate, he wouldn’t be where he is today without Jewish support in the Civil Rights era. In turn, I believe he will be the best president for the American Jewish community that we have ever witnessed.

    Comment by Zach Dorfman — March 1, 2008 @ 2:13 am

  48. Natan Gerner
    Stony Brook, NY

    Comment by Natan Gerner — March 1, 2008 @ 2:16 am

  49. David Plotz
    Graduate Student
    Chicago, IL

    Comment by David Plotz — March 1, 2008 @ 2:31 am

  50. Leslie Scallet and Maury Lieberman
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Leslie Scallet and Maury Lieberman — March 1, 2008 @ 2:32 am

  51. My son Andrew and I strongly support Obama because he will work to heal social divisions and bring people together across lines of race, religion, and gender.

    Comment by Steven J. Heyman — March 1, 2008 @ 2:38 am

  52. West Orange, New Jersey (formerly Deerfield, Illinois)

    Comment by Gidon D. Remba — March 1, 2008 @ 2:39 am

  53. Jeremy Bloom
    Santa Monica, CA

    Comment by Jeremy Bloom — March 1, 2008 @ 2:40 am

  54. Fight the swiftboaters.

    Comment by Eric Goodman — March 1, 2008 @ 2:46 am

  55. I support Barack Obama because he had the wisdom and courage to distinguish between a necessary war in Afghanistan and a foolish one in Iraq — a foolish war that has been a disaster for the long-term security of both the United States and Israel.

    Michael Vogel
    Bowling Green, Ohio

    Comment by Michael Vogel — March 1, 2008 @ 2:48 am

  56. I resent efforts by non-jews to bait our community into opposing Obama. He is the man for the moment, for all of us.

    Comment by Deborah Lewis — March 1, 2008 @ 3:16 am

  57. Deborah Lewis

    Washington DC

    Comment by Deborah Lewis — March 1, 2008 @ 3:18 am

  58. Attorney
    Philadelphia, PA

    Comment by David B. Picker — March 1, 2008 @ 3:18 am

  59. Barack Obama is a force of positive energy. We could use some of that in this country.

    Comment by Caryn Gach — March 1, 2008 @ 3:22 am

  60. I am very impressed with leader who can create the sense of people having their own power to bring about change. He is the only one who can do it. I am from Newton MA

    Comment by Gail Forman Flackett, Newton, MA — March 1, 2008 @ 3:27 am

  61. Baltimore, Maryland

    Comment by Stuart Levine — March 1, 2008 @ 3:30 am

  62. Leon Dayan
    I support Obama for many reasons, perhaps the most important of which is that I think he can help to repair America’s image in the world. And I am convinced that a better-respected America will be good for Israel. If I had even the least doubt about Obama’s support for a strong and secure Israel, I would not support him; I have researched his record and his statements thoroughly and I am convinced that he will pursue peace in the Middle East in a way that will do right by Israel and be in the best interests of the United States.

    Washington, D.C.

    Comment by Leon Dayan — March 1, 2008 @ 3:36 am

  63. We support you 199999999999% Barack Hussein Obama. You will be a fantastic USA President,
    Canadians love Barack!

    Comment by Adjei Hussein Boateng — March 1, 2008 @ 3:37 am

  64. Chicago, Il

    Comment by Danny Greenfield — March 1, 2008 @ 3:41 am

  65. אנחנו יכולים

    Nathan Rosenberg
    Student
    Cambridge, MA

    Comment by נתן רוזנברג — March 1, 2008 @ 3:42 am

  66. Michigan

    Comment by Sally Wasserman Schwartz — March 1, 2008 @ 3:43 am

  67. His support is well earned. We as a nation wll be well served. It will take a leader like him and support from us and the media to undue the wrongs of the last seven years. The world must see that we atone for the worngs we have caused over the last seven years. We must hoin hands and let those in our nation who have embraced hatred and divisiveness know that we are a civilized country and they have an opportunity to join us and let go of their anger. I have dreamed of this for the last seven years and look forward to a brighter future for America and the world. His candidacy represnets a flicker of hope that must down burn out.

    Comment by Alan Barnes — March 1, 2008 @ 3:47 am

  68. I heard Obama’s clear and concise response to the above also. I think lots of others did also but have to find some way to tear him down. Thanks for the clear and detailed explanation especially for those who choose to constantly believe the distorted, biased, twisted rhetoric from all the non-supporters.

    Comment by Rita Crawford — March 1, 2008 @ 3:52 am

  69. I support Senator Obama because I am tired of cringing every time the President opens his mouth; because I want to show the world that America is not just a bully bestriding the globe; because President Obama will be the best kind of leader, one who inspires us to be our best. President Obama will be good for the Jews, good for Israel, good for the world.

    Comment by Dick Plotz — March 1, 2008 @ 3:53 am

  70. Rebecca Melsky
    Teacher
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Rebecca Melsky — March 1, 2008 @ 3:58 am

  71. Sarah Linden
    Student
    Ann Arbor, MI

    Comment by Sarah Linden — March 1, 2008 @ 3:59 am

  72. Stanford, California

    Comment by Henry Breitrose — March 1, 2008 @ 4:04 am

  73. Barack is another way of saying Blessed.

    Comment by seth jaffe — March 1, 2008 @ 4:27 am

  74. As an activist in the Save Darfur movement, I wholeheartedly support Sen. Obama for President. He is the only candidate who has expressed anything close to the extreme urgency this issue warrants. There are many reasons Jews should support Obama, but his stand against the first genocide of the 21st century is reason enough.

    Comment by Jeffrey Govendo — March 1, 2008 @ 4:32 am

  75. Ruth Tenzer Feldman
    Portland, Oregon

    Comment by Ruth Tenzer Feldman — March 1, 2008 @ 4:34 am

  76. Jeff Blattner
    Bethesda, Maryland

    Comment by Jeff Blattner — March 1, 2008 @ 4:36 am

  77. Portland, Oregon

    Comment by Michael Feldman — March 1, 2008 @ 4:38 am

  78. David Schraub
    Bethesda, MD

    Comment by David Schraub — March 1, 2008 @ 4:42 am

  79. Miriam Quintal
    chemist
    Somerville, MA

    Comment by Miriam Quintal — March 1, 2008 @ 5:26 am

  80. Thomas Plotz
    Chevy Chase, Maryland

    Comment by Thomas Plotz — March 1, 2008 @ 5:39 am

  81. Seth Pearce
    Brooklyn, NY

    Comment by Seth Pearce — March 1, 2008 @ 5:55 am

  82. Judith Barnard
    writer
    Aspen, Colorado

    Comment by Judith Barnard — March 1, 2008 @ 6:06 am

  83. Minneapolis, MN

    Comment by Martina McLennan — March 1, 2008 @ 6:31 am

  84. We should not tolerate the insidious attacks on this fine candidate, who embodies the American dream at its most beautiful. “The old shall see visions, and the youth shall dream dreams” — he will work to make a better, fairer, more civil America, and a better, fairer, more civil world. We should support him in that effort.

    Rabbi Miriyam Glazer
    Los Angeles, California

    Comment by Rabbi Miriyam Glazer — March 1, 2008 @ 2:07 am

  85. I support Obama because he knows that we are all in this together, and he stands for Tikkun Olam.

    Ellen Bridle
    Venice, CA

    Comment by Ellen Bridle — March 1, 2008 @ 7:44 am

  86. Ken Halpern
    Attorney
    New York, NY

    Comment by Ken Halpern — March 1, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  87. Marina Fanning
    Arlington, VA

    Comment by Marina Fanning — March 1, 2008 @ 9:51 am

  88. Jacob E. Tamarkin
    Brooklyn, New York

    Comment by Jake Tamarkin — March 1, 2008 @ 9:53 am

  89. Three generations in my family are unified in our support of Senator Obama’s message of hope and reconciliation.

    Richard G Siegel
    Attorney
    Northbrook, IL

    Comment by Richard G Siegel — March 1, 2008 @ 9:54 am

  90. I’m inspired by Obama’s call for renewal of the historical partnership between Blacks and Jews on the issues fundamental to both communities: justice, equity, fairness and opportunity. What’s good for America is good for the Jews. The rest is commentary.

    Comment by Rich Pliskin — March 1, 2008 @ 11:46 am

  91. Rebecca Hersh
    New Brunswick, NJ

    Comment by Rebecca Hersh — March 1, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

  92. Amy Wall
    Weston, Florida

    Comment by Amy Wall — March 1, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

  93. Dr. Glen Bobker
    Ft Lauderdale, Florida

    Comment by Glen Bobker — March 1, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

  94. Sarah Bobker
    Weston, Florida

    Comment by Sarah Bobker — March 1, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

  95. Hampton, NH

    Comment by Wendy Frosh — March 1, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

  96. The opportunity for America to regain its moral focus.

    Comment by Rick Kreiter — March 1, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  97. YES WE CAN!

    Comment by Laurie Smith, Greenwich CT — March 1, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

  98. Russell Miller
    New York, New York

    Comment by Russell Miller — March 1, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

  99. Robert Levine
    Musician, labor union officer
    Milwaukee WI

    Comment by Robert Levine — March 1, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

  100. Ned Lazarus
    Peace Scholar, United States Institute of Peace
    Washington, DC

    Which candidate, in this election and every other election in the last generation, best exemplifies the values of Jewish American voters? As they say in Hebrew, Rak Barack!

    Comment by Ned Lazarus — March 1, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

  101. Celia Shapiro
    Silver Spring, MD
    March 1, 2008

    Comment by Celia Shapiro — March 1, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

  102. I am an American Jew, a Zionist, and an Obama supporter. I express my love of, and support for Israel by living there several months every year, and by becoming a dual USA/Israel citizen. I do not have the slightest doubt about Barak Obama’s committment to the State of Israel and to peace in the Middle East.

    Comment by Jay Robert Dorfman — March 1, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  103. I support Obama because I think he would be a strong president, able to start remedying the disasters for which Bush is responsible. I do not think that Bush has been good for Israel. It, too, is sharing in the calamatous consequences of the war in Iraq, the worldwide loss of confidence in the United States, the failure of this Administration to do anything about global warming, the serious results of his uncontrolled deficit spending and of his efforts to destroy the Constitution, including our civil liberties. Israel needs a strong and respected America.

    Comment by Edith U. Fierst — March 1, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

  104. I support Barack Obama because he will provide the vision, integrity and leadership to move our country forward with our help. He has given a voice to American aspirations and allowed us all to hope again.

    Comment by Carole Tomaras — March 1, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

  105. I support Barack Obama because he has pledged to work to restore America to its position as the moral leader of the free world. It is clear to me that brute strength (torture, wire tapping, etc) has moved our country closer to Stalin’s USSR than to America of 1945 when I enlisted in the US Navy.

    Comment by Len Zimmerman — March 1, 2008 @ 5:17 pm

  106. I endorse Barack Obama because this country desperately needs a new direction.

    Comment by Rosanne Ehrlich — March 1, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

  107. Michael Green
    Law Student
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Michael Geen — March 1, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

  108. Gretl Glick
    Medical Student
    Atlanta, GA

    Comment by Gretl Glick — March 1, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

  109. It is time now for Obama to lead with his vision and his skill at reconciliation. Only after restoring our standing in the world and our credibility as a great nation will he have the ability to be effective in the Middle East peace process.
    Fired up and Ready to go!

    Comment by Regine B. FEUER — March 1, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

  110. I endorse Obama for all the reasons above and additionally because he I believe he has a better chance than does Clinton to beat McCain in the general election.

    Comment by Hallie B. Friedman — March 1, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

  111. And so is my Mom.

    Comment by Stephen Presser — March 1, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

  112. I support Obama

    Comment by David Quartner — March 1, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

  113. I strongly support Barack Obama and I urge other fellow Jews and all people of conscience and hope to join me. For those who oppose his candidacy, I only ask that you do so with honesty and integrity and not through lies and an appeal to others’ worst instincts.

    Comment by Joshua A. Goldberg — March 1, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

  114. Judah Ariel
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Judah Ariel — March 1, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

  115. Steve Elworth
    college Instructor
    Brooklyn, NY

    Comment by Steven Elworth — March 1, 2008 @ 6:43 pm

  116. Honolulu, HI

    Comment by Jonathan Dworkin — March 1, 2008 @ 6:50 pm

  117. It is time now for Obama to lead with his vision and his skill at reconciliation. Only after restoring our standing in the world and our credibility as a great nation will he have the ability to be effective in the Middle East peace process.
    Fired up and Ready to go!

    Comment by Regine B. FEUER — March 1, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

  118. I’m proud to be a Jewish supporter of Barack Obama
    –Karen Zizmor, Washington, DC

    Comment by Karen Zizmor — March 1, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

  119. Doug Singsen
    Ph.D. Student
    Brooklyn, NY

    Comment by Doug Singsen — March 1, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

  120. Obama 08!

    Comment by Dario Sulzman — March 1, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

  121. We of all people should resist hate-mongering and lies. I support Barack Obama because I trust him — I trust his values, his moral compass, his strength and his intelligence.

    Comment by Ayelet Waldman — March 1, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

  122. Alice Chasan
    Millburn, New Jersey

    Comment by Alice Chasan — March 1, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

  123. I have never been as excited about a presidential candidate as I am about Barack Obama, and I speak as an involved, identified American Jew, with strong ties to Israel. There is no better president for us at this time in history.

    Comment by Nahanni Rous — March 1, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

  124. This country desparately needs a paradigm shift, and Obama is the only candidate that gets it.

    Bill Becker
    Wynnewood, PA

    Comment by Bill Becker — March 1, 2008 @ 8:38 pm

  125. Randi Harris
    Merion, PA

    Comment by Randi Harris — March 1, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

  126. Scott Rappaport
    Jersey City, NJ

    Comment by Scott Rappaport — March 1, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

  127. Susan Shulman
    General Counsel, Metrist Partners
    Highland Park, IL

    Comment by Susan Shulman — March 1, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  128. Jon Berkon
    Law Student
    Cambridge, MA

    Comment by Jon — March 1, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

  129. Philip Karlin
    West Hartford, CT

    Comment by Philip Karlin — March 1, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  130. As a Jew I support Barack Obama for his spirit of tikkun olam and support of Israel; as an educator, for his views on teaching the whole child; as a mother, for his ideas about health care and willingness to negotiate first; as a patriot, for his clear judgement and respect of our Constitution. We need a President who can bring us together for the sake of our country’s future. We don’t have a moment to waste on bickering and inaction; our future as a productive and respected nation is at stake.

    Comment by Barbara Govendo — March 1, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

  131. “Justice, justice shall you pursue.” That’s why I support this just man.

    Comment by Steven Rivkin — March 1, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

  132. Brooklyn, NY

    Comment by Sarah Rivkin — March 1, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

  133. West New York, NJ

    Comment by Arkady Goldinstein — March 1, 2008 @ 9:43 pm

  134. I support Obama.

    Comment by Thomas Friedman — March 1, 2008 @ 10:05 pm

  135. Like many other Jewish-Americans, I have waited for this diverse country to truly come together to fulfill its ideals. Barack Obama has breathed fresh life into that hope. The tragedy of 9/11 highlighted two paths America could take: the one toward unity or the one leading to division. The current administration chose the path of division, greed and destruction – instead of the path of unity, justice and construction. Now, we have a chance to make the right choice. That is why I support Barack Obama.

    Comment by Pam Brown - Chicago IL — March 1, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

  136. Proudly supporting Mr. Obama and his goals of religious and racial reconciliation.
    Si se puede!

    Comment by Ben Joseph — March 1, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

  137. Steve Lieberman
    Washington, DC (formerly South Orange, NJ)

    Comment by Steve Lieberman — March 1, 2008 @ 10:23 pm

  138. I am Jewish and support Barack Obama 100%.

    Comment by Michael Valinsky — March 1, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

  139. Fort Lee, NJ

    I support Obama. I support his desire to improve relations between the African American and Jewish communities and believe he is pro-Israel.

    Comment by Fran Schulman — March 1, 2008 @ 10:28 pm

  140. I support Barack Obama, and so does the rest of the Ellison family.

    Comment by Charles Ellison — March 1, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

  141. I support BO.

    Comment by Mike Frisch — March 1, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

  142. Once in a generation, if we are lucky, a transformational leader appears. We cannot afford to miss the chance to heal the world, heal our society, heal our relations with other countries and cultures, and save the planet. It is a sad irony that the most understanding of the need for tolerance will be the target of the most vicious intolerance. We will be blessed if we elect Barack.

    Comment by Marc Joseph — March 1, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

  143. Security for Israel will come through peace.

    Comment by Richard Eisner — March 1, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  144. I am a first generation American Jew. Both my parents were Holocaust survivors. I have nothing against Hillary or Bill Clinton. But I have come to believe that Barack Obama is a great opportunity for the country to come together! YES WE CAN!

    Comment by Judith Hewett — March 1, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  145. John McCain’s 100 year war will not be good for Israel.

    Comment by Joan F. Pollak — March 1, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

  146. I support Barack Obama because he embraces the opportunity to unite our country around benevolent ideals such as, closing Guantanamo and ending torture, ending the war in Iraq, eliminating loose nuclear weapons and supporting the education and health of children and families. I also trust that his experience as a constitutional lawyer enable him to restore our constitution which has been shredded by our present government.
    I support Obama completely as a Jewish woman, Rachel Schali

    Comment by Rachel Schali — March 1, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

  147. I am an avid supporter of Barack Obama but fear that many in the Jewish community are wary of him. I hear comments like, “He’s a Muslim. If he’s elected, Sharpton and Jackson will be regulars at the Oval office, etc.” I think people just don’t know enough about him, which reinforces these erroneous perceptions.

    Ridgefield, CT

    Comment by Lauren Salkin — March 1, 2008 @ 11:07 pm

  148. Thank you, Sen. Obama, for acknowledging the role of American Jews in the Civil Rights Movement. Together, we can be a winning nation again in the world.

    Comment by Mark Netter — March 1, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

  149. Mark & Mickey Levinger
    St. Paul, MN

    Comment by Mark & Mickey Levinger — March 1, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

  150. Janis Traven
    Vice Chair, 36th District Democrats
    Seattle, Washington

    Comment by Janis Traven — March 1, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

  151. Hope tempered by realism trumps arrogance magnified by deceit

    Comment by Harvey Ginsberg — March 1, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

  152. Barack Obama brings HOPE to our country. If we do not hope, we cannot achieve. YES WE CAN!

    Audrey Morrison
    Cincinnati, OH

    Comment by Audrey Morrison — March 1, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

  153. I have wholeheartedly supported Obama from the beginning of his campaign and so has everyone in my extended family (Jews one and all). In my family, we think Obama is one of us and refer to him as Baruch Obamawitz.

    Comment by Henry Kamerling — March 1, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

  154. Sandra Green
    Social Worker
    Haverford, PA

    Comment by Sandra Green — March 1, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

  155. Daniel B. Schwartz
    Assistant Professor, Jewish History
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Daniel B. Schwartz — March 1, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

  156. I am a Louisiana-born religiously observant Jew who lives in Baltimore, MD, and teaches Yiddish literature at the Johns Hopkins University. I support Barack Obama’s presidential campaign without reservation and with 100% enthusiasm, and I am convinced that he provides the best hope available for all Americans to live in a prosperous and secure nation that pursues peace for itself and other nations. I share the alarm of many signatories on this list that many American Jews, including friends and acquaintances of mine, have developed a diametrically false impression of Senator Obama because of misleading and dishonest innuendo; I think it would be a tremendous misfortune for American Jews that after having been at the forefront of so many progressive movements we as a collectivity would miss an opportunity to participate in the first important progressive coalition of the 21st century. I am confident that at the top of his agenda as president will be a renewal of engagement in the middle East peace process, withdrawal from our disastrous Iraqi adventure, and a definitive end to the genocide in Darfur. Each of these priorities will restore America’s reputation abroad, make the middle East a better and safer place, and speak to the moral and strategic needs of Jews throughout the world.

    Comment by Marc Caplan — March 2, 2008 @ 12:31 am

  157. I support Barack Obama because tikkun olam can only happen with an open hand and and open heart — not with a closed fist and a closed heart.
    I believe that Senator Obama has qualities of innate empathy which will allow tikkun olam to become a movement,and not just a phrase.

    Comment by Joan Hitlin — March 2, 2008 @ 1:03 am

  158. Physician, New York, NY

    Comment by Steve Auerbach, MD, MPH, FAAPP — March 2, 2008 @ 1:17 am

  159. Our faith in Humanity has been vindicated by Senator Obama and his well run, high road campaign.

    Comment by Tara and Bruce Hussein Margolin — March 2, 2008 @ 2:07 am

  160. Barak Obama is one of the most inspiring political candidates this country has seen in many decades. He appeals to the best in all of us, especially our ocmmitment to social justice and fairness. His unabashed, straightforward comments supporting Israel and denouncing Louis Farrakhan and ant-semitism speak volumes of his courage and decency.

    Comment by michael s. Katz, Professor — March 2, 2008 @ 2:16 am

  161. Psychologist
    Austin TX

    Comment by Arnold Slive — March 2, 2008 @ 2:25 am

  162. Brooklyn, NY

    Comment by Anya Rous — March 2, 2008 @ 2:26 am

  163. I’m not Jewish, but good on you folks!

    Comment by sherifffruitfly — March 2, 2008 @ 2:26 am

  164. Barack Obama offers us the possibility of working together in the cause of tikkun olam. He “gets” the idea that although America has REAL problems, we can work together to try to solve them, rather than demonizing each other and contributing to the polarization that divides us.

    Comment by Dave Joseph — March 2, 2008 @ 2:34 am

  165. Michelle B. Togut
    Attorney
    Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by Michelle Togut — March 2, 2008 @ 2:38 am

  166. Yes We Can! I am Jewish and have been behind Barack from Day 1, because he has been RIGHT from Day 1!!!

    Comment by Juli Pomerantz — March 2, 2008 @ 4:10 am

  167. We think he shows the even demeanor and good judgment we need in a president.

    Comment by Paula Herman and Tom Brown — March 2, 2008 @ 4:42 am

  168. Dan Urman
    Boston, MA

    Comment by Dan Urman — March 2, 2008 @ 5:01 am

  169. Fully supporting Obama. His support of Israel is important, but like most Jews I am not a single issue voter.

    Comment by Norm Rosenblatt — March 2, 2008 @ 5:27 am

  170. A lot of good references about Obama debunking these baseless attacks and providing details of Obama’s position on Israel can be found at in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice http://www.pjvoice.com/v33/33100dossier.aspx#c
    This includes interviews of Obama advisors Steve Rothman and Robert Wexler, and transcripts of Obama’s
    messages to the Jewish community.

    Comment by Dan Loeb — March 2, 2008 @ 5:33 am

  171. Rachel Manija Brown
    Writer
    Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by Rachel Manija Brown — March 2, 2008 @ 5:42 am

  172. I support Barack Obama for president. I am amazed by the transparency of the slurs made upon him but even more so by the story that they seem to have gotten some traction within our community. I know many Jews who are Obama supporters, but I’ve yet to meet one who finds the whisper campaign anything but laughable.

    David Neiman
    Seattle, WA

    Comment by David Neiman — March 2, 2008 @ 5:48 am

  173. Young Lawyers for Obama

    Comment by Steven Newmark, Young Lawyers for Obama — March 2, 2008 @ 5:57 am

  174. LET’S GOBAMA!

    Matt Adler
    Student
    St. Louis, MO/Potomac, MD

    Comment by Matt Adler — March 2, 2008 @ 7:08 am

  175. I support Senator Barack Obama for US president, because he addresses all the major issues facing the country and the world, and understands that they are inter-related.

    He is bringing diverse constituencies into his support, groups who have often been at cross purposes or in misunderstanding. This is not easy–like many valuable things, it is difficult. However, since he supports Israel and understands its security needs, and fiercely rejects anti-Semitism inside his own community and in America, I say we can return the support and try to help out with enthusiasm.

    Comment by A. Scott Colmes — March 2, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

  176. David B. Gail
    Dallas, Texas

    Comment by David Gail — March 2, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

  177. Brad Morris

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Comment by Brad Morris — March 2, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

  178. As an educator, I believe Obama responds to the issues in the most effective way.
    We need these types of positive characteristics for the next four years and beyond.

    Comment by Steven Pomerantz — March 2, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

  179. Abe Silk
    New Orleans, LA

    Comment by Abe Silk — March 2, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

  180. .

    Comment by Jessica Butler — March 2, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

  181. This guy is going to be a great President for Israel and the American Jewish community!

    Comment by Adam Block — March 2, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

  182. There is no question that Obama supports Israel

    Comment by judith rosen — March 2, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

  183. Senator Obama has commited to engage in talks with all parties on the world scene, even our enemies. This policy of dialogue will open the door to many permanent peaceful solutions that are impossible in the “bring it on” atmosphere that the Republicans live by and that Hillary Clinton tries to mimic. Even in situations that cannot be permanently solved in the near future, dialogue will serve to reduce needless casualties and imporove the quality of living everywhere, including in Isreal.

    I believe the dishonest slurs against Senator Obama are issued by a narrow-minded and hateful group of people who call themselves Christians but whose actions violate the spiritual principals of all faiths. They are trying to use our fears to manipulate us into doing their dirty work for them. No people — Jews especially — should allow ourselves to be used like that.

    Comment by Rob Gaines — March 2, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

  184. I haven’t been this excited about a candidate for decades. He represents not only change, but intelligence, balance, vision, and the ability to create coalitions and end divisiveness.

    Comment by Audrey Friedman Marcus — March 2, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  185. Alan J. Weisbard
    Associate Professor of Law, Bioethics and Jewish Studies
    University of Wisconsin
    Madison, WI

    Comment by The Wise Bard — March 2, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

  186. I turn fifty in June, and this is by far, the most meaningfull election that has taken place in my adult life – made so by the reality of Barack Obama and his promise of bringing us back together.

    Comment by Josh Rosenblatt — March 2, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

  187. It is very exciting to see so many young people
    involved in politics again. Mr. Obama has vision
    and hope for the future of our country.

    Comment by Marion Goldstein — March 2, 2008 @ 5:27 pm

  188. I throw my support to Barack Obama because I feel his generation better understands the desperate need of the world to move past fatalistic paradigms and bring global partners together for real solutions. More than that, his tenure in the White House will enable us in the progressive community–Jews, GLBT, people of color, immigrants, labor, etc.–to make forward movement and not just spend all our time, energy and resources picking up the pieces from right-wing attacks. Our greatest need in the world is peace, and Obama is less than anyone else locked into organizations, ideologies and movements that have vested interests in the permanent war economy.
    Eric A. Gordon, PhD
    Director, Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring Southetrn California

    Comment by Eric A Gordon, PhD — March 2, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

  189. Alan Straus
    Attorney
    New York, NY

    Comment by Alan Straus — March 2, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

  190. I support Obama for President as the best choice to harnass idealism in the service of progessive change and recommitment to traditional US values.

    Michael Lustick, M.D.

    Comment by mihcael lustick — March 2, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  191. Barak Obama is the first candidate in a long time with the perspective of a statesman, a commitment to every citizen in our entire country, and words that demonstrate decency, integrity, and brilliance.

    Comment by Ellen Solomon — March 2, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

  192. As a person who has always put his vote where his conscience is, I am proud to support Barack Obama for President of the United States. No one has the potential to bring as much growth and possibility as Obama. I don’t see things changing very much under Hillary Clinton. While having a woman for President would be a very welcome change, Hillary herself represents the status quo and, to my eyes, not much else I would call “change” beyond her ideas on health care reform. We need a President who doesn’t just think “war is not the answer,” he will act to end oppression, at home and abroad. We need a President who will instill the logic of peace and respect around the world; a President who can show the rest of the world our compassion and intelligence and, potentially, our intrinsic heroism and selflessness. I believe Barack Obama is the person for that job.
    - Richard M. Szpigiel, artist, Brooklyn, NY

    Comment by Richard Szpigiel — March 2, 2008 @ 9:16 pm

  193. I wholeheartedly support Barack Obama.

    Comment by Jane Feinberg-Kaplan — March 2, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

  194. Chicago, IL

    Comment by David Greenfield — March 2, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

  195. My heart is with Barack Obama; a man of such Grace and Light that has been missing among presidential candidates for for decades…For many of us, he is reminicent of both Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy; men who strove for excellence and unity as a nation, and for peace. Senator Obama does not see the world in terms of color, race, religion, nationality…He has an incredibly holistic vision of the world.

    Let’s end divisiveness, and unify humanity. I believe that Senator Obama can lead us to such unity, and peace, as our next President.

    Sherrye Weinstein
    Worcester, MA

    Comment by Sherrye Weinstein — March 2, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

  196. Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by Alec Schley — March 2, 2008 @ 10:03 pm

  197. Sincere support from my entire family. I am not only a proud Jew, but was a Republican as well until I heard Barak Obama speak. His thoughts and ambitions will move this country in the correct direction and not only unify us as a country, but gain respect in the international front.

    Comment by Rachel Flowers — March 2, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

  198. Software developer, Santa Monica, CA

    Comment by Brent Cohen — March 2, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

  199. Dan Lustick
    Woodbridge, CT

    Comment by Dan Lustick — March 2, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

  200. He has my vote!!!!

    Comment by Joan Krueger — March 2, 2008 @ 11:03 pm

  201. I’ve been inspired by Senator Obama, and am now inspired and encouraged by the comments here.

    Comment by Judith Landau — March 2, 2008 @ 11:27 pm

  202. Steven Salop
    Professor of Economics and Law
    Georgetown University Law Center
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Steven Salop — March 2, 2008 @ 11:45 pm

  203. Judith Gelman
    Chair for Policy and Advocacy
    Ameinu: Liberal Values, Progressive Israel
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Judith Gelman — March 2, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

  204. Marcy Railsback
    Attorney
    Los Angeles, California

    Comment by edenornot — March 2, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

  205. I am a 2nd generation holocaust survivor and feel morally obligated to be a politically involved advocate for those whose basic human rights are threatened or ignored. Barack Obama is the candidate who would strive and even succeed in promoting these rights as he deals with the many pressing issues of our times.

    Comment by Teresa Blumenstein Magaram — March 3, 2008 @ 12:12 am

  206. Please count me as another Jew who strongly supports Barack Obama.

    Naomi Shulman
    Northampton, MA

    Comment by Naomi Shulman — March 3, 2008 @ 12:19 am

  207. Nicki Greninger
    New York, NY

    Comment by Nicki Greninger — March 3, 2008 @ 1:10 am

  208. Only once in two or three generations do a leader and a moment come together as Barack Obama does with this country’s readiness and need.

    Comment by Ian Lustick, Beth Am Israel — March 3, 2008 @ 2:17 am

  209. Los Angeles

    Comment by Judi Laing — March 3, 2008 @ 2:32 am

  210. Orah Fireman
    Denver, CO

    Comment by Orah Fireman — March 3, 2008 @ 3:10 am

  211. Los Angeles

    Comment by Steven Frank — March 3, 2008 @ 5:23 am

  212. Obama is a most impressive candidate, and I am heartened, as a former high school teacher, that young people and minorities are being inspired by his integrity to become politically involved, which is vital to a real democracy.

    Dan Rous

    Comment by Daniel Rous — March 3, 2008 @ 8:42 am

  213. Rishona Campbell
    Clairton, PA (registered to vote in Miami, FL)

    Comment by Shona — March 3, 2008 @ 11:28 am

  214. I support Israel and I support Barack Obama.

    Andrea Kline
    Silver Spring, MD

    Comment by Andrea Kline — March 3, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

  215. Washington, D.C.

    Comment by Anthony Garrett — March 3, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

  216. I agree with what has been said above. I am eager to hear of other ways we can make an impact on Jewish voters in favor of Obama, and what more there is to do to counter this dreadful propaganda! Kol hakavod to the organzers of this letter!
    l’shalom

    Comment by Rabbi Rachel Cowan — March 3, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  217. I am a religious reform Jew. I am on the Board of my synagogue. I am General Counsel of a major labor union. I believe Barack Obama has unique qualities to unite our country and bring a whole new generation of Americans into public life and public service. I have no question but that he will assure the safety of Israel, while working to bring some sanity to the very troubled region in which Israel exists.

    Comment by Edward Wendel — March 3, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

  218. My husband and I are members of an orthodox synagogue, and we proudly support Obama. We are also heartened to see our high school and college age son and daughter respond to Obama’s challenge to step up and be counted in trying to bring about needed change.

    I am appalled at the smear tactics that have been used to try and discredit Senator Obama and his support for Israel. in the past, members of the Jewish community have been victims of name-calling and unethical schemes of “guilt by association”. We know what it feels like to be unfairly accused. Both as individuals and as a group, we should be extremely suspicious of anyone who tries to take this low road in responding to Senator Obama or any other public figure. Hard debates on policy are fair; this kind of character assasination is not.

    Comment by Sharon Endelman — March 3, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

  219. Harrington Park, New Jersey

    As a Jew I am ashamed of my community, which so willingly circulates these vicious and factually inaccurate smears. We should know better!
    Today more than ever I am afraid for my country, because of our disdain for the constitution, for reason and science, and because of our susceptibility to the politics of fear. This does not make me a bad American, or an unpatriotic American. There is nothing more patriotic than criticizing your government and working for change.
    Obama inspires millions to want to roll up their sleeves and help change this country and this world. Barack Obama offers hope. He understands and wants to work for Tikkun Olam. He offers engagement to massive numbers of Americans who need to take responsibility for the problems America faces, and to work hard to fix them.
    Please ignore these anti Obama messages and stop sending it to scores of people to scare them because they are Jewish and they read this fear mongering and think the world will come to an end!!!!

    Comment by Dana Hall — March 3, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

  220. No one in politics has captured my brain and my heart the way Barack Obama has. Such a person comes along very infrequently.

    Comment by Matthew Schneider — March 3, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

  221. Danielle Susskind
    Potomac, Maryland

    Comment by Danielle Susskind — March 3, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

  222. I wholeheartely support Barack Obama. I am excited to support a presidential candidate who I believe has the vision, wisdom and leadership to bring our country together. One of the things that inspired me in his book, The Audacity of Hope, was his thoughtful respect and consideration for people with diverse backgrounds and opinions. What a positive change!

    Comment by Michael Levy — March 3, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

  223. Eric Meyerson
    San Francisco, CA

    Comment by Eric — March 3, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

  224. I am happy to support Senator Obama, and trust he will do the best job possible with all the overwhelming challenges (“mess” is more like it)he will inherit not only in the middle east, but in the world in general and our sad, debilitated country in particular.

    Arline Fireman, NYC

    Comment by Arline J. Fireman, Ph.D. — March 3, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

  225. I support Senator Obama BECAUSE I am a Jew.

    Comment by david perlmutter — March 3, 2008 @ 5:54 pm

  226. Yarmouth, Maine

    Comment by Ellin Ruffner — March 3, 2008 @ 6:01 pm

  227. Jonathan Kamens
    Brighton, MA

    Comment by Jonathan Kamens — March 3, 2008 @ 6:03 pm

  228. Propaganda has done us a great deal of harm in the past

    We do not have to back the naysayers and those who believe the ridiculous
    nonsense re Obama coming from us in all directions.

    He is my candidate and will stay my candidate.

    Comment by Patricia Friedberg — March 3, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

  229. Grants Pass, OR

    Comment by Ron Walker — March 3, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

  230. Grants Pass, Oregon

    Comment by Sheila Jacobs Walker — March 3, 2008 @ 6:18 pm

  231. I support Obama because I believe he has good judgment, good intentions, and integrity. We in the United States need those. Israel will benefit from them, too. Obama’s record makes it clear that he is no threat to Israel, and a healthy United States will be a much more effective ally for Israel than the government we are stuck with now.

    Comment by Walter Reitman — March 3, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  232. I support Barack Obama because he is a true Progressive. We need a new mindset in Washington, one not based on the wishes of special interest.

    Comment by Michele Kanarek — March 3, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

  233. I’m an Jewish Studies PhD (Harvard) and passionate Israel/Palestine supporter…AND an active Barack Obama canvasser, phonebanker and donator. My passion for 1) Jewish spiritual thought and Israel, and 2) Obama’s candidacy and volunteerism on his behalf, emerge from the very same place inside me. They are of a piece — so that at least for me, being a “Jew for Obama” is a redundancy.

    Comment by Shana Komitee — March 3, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

  234. I support OBAMA in the hope that, against all expectations and against the power of the so-called pro-Israel forces in the USA, he will one day speak out for the human rights of the Palestinian people including their right (in this seemingly unending occupation) to be free of settlers, free of the wall, and free of all other violations of their rights as civilian persons living under belligerent occupation. He will, however, have his hands full here at home in the USA.

    Comment by Peter Belmont — March 3, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

  235. I endorse this letter because I believe that smear tactics are the worst part of any campaign. I endorse Senator Obama because he is the most “American”, and most “presidential” candidate running for the office. He gives truth to the old saws about America as the great melting pot, which derives its strength from its diversity, and America as a country where anyone can grow up to be President. He is also eloquent and thoughtful, obviously bright and well-bred, and a man of whom all Americans can be proud when he speaks for us — in stark contrast to the individual who has held the post for the last seven years.

    Comment by Charles Morgenstein — March 3, 2008 @ 7:26 pm

  236. I believe in Barack Obama and have supported him since he was a state Senator in my state of Illinois. I believe that in order to accomplish a peaceful existence in the Middle East it will be important to have a leader in America who not only listens, but also hears. A leader who not only reaches out to Americans, he reaches beyond our countries borders. He is respected in other nations and can become the leader who sits down with both sides, as he has done in the Senate with Democrats and Republicans. He can negotiate a peaceful existence that will benefit both Isreal and its neighbors.

    Comment by Roberta Baracha Kelinson — March 3, 2008 @ 7:47 pm

  237. Erica Levine and my mother Shellie Levine
    Solon, Ohio

    Comment by Erica Levine — March 3, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

  238. Roberta Baracha Kelinson
    Rock Island, IL

    Comment by Roberta Baracha Kelinson — March 3, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

  239. Roger Studley
    Albany, CA

    Comment by Roger Studley — March 3, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

  240. Bala Cynwyd, PA

    Comment by Abby Spector — March 3, 2008 @ 8:25 pm

  241. My husband (a Republican) and I enthusiastically support Sen. Obama for the Democratic Party candidate for the President of the USA. His integrity, leadership and follow though have been well known throughout Chicago. We have no doubt that he will continue to express those attributes for issues of human rights, justice and positive social change, not only for issues that are near and dear to Jewish hearts, but for all peoples.

    Pittsfield, MA. (resident)

    Comment by Wendy Rabinowitz — March 3, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

  242. Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

    Senator Obama is the best qualified candidate to lead our country in all aspects, domestic and foreign.

    Comment by Honorable Jules Mermelstein — March 3, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

  243. Even if i did not support Obama, which i do wholeheartedly, i would object to this craven attempt to discredit him in the eyes of the Jewish community a major chilul hashem.

    Comment by David Henkin — March 3, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

  244. As Jews, we know all too well about lies told by people to demean others. I support Barack Obama and find it extremely sad that those who have experienced prejudice should use such tactics against him

    Comment by Karen Shreefter — March 3, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

  245. I have never been so excited to vote wholeheartedly for a candidate. Bring on the change.

    Comment by kate e. black — March 3, 2008 @ 11:29 pm

  246. Dorien Grunbaum
    Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by Dorien Grunbaum — March 4, 2008 @ 12:04 am

  247. Yes we can, and we should!

    Comment by Daniel Serwer — March 4, 2008 @ 12:23 am

  248. The best candidate since Bobby Kennedy.

    Comment by stan zicklin — March 4, 2008 @ 12:28 am

  249. An exciting, progressive candidate!

    Comment by Lenore Levin Bunting — March 4, 2008 @ 12:32 am

  250. Is this a loaded issue, or what? The whole “is he good for the Jews, is he good for Israel” is a petri dish of classic Jewish archetypes, paranoid & progressive, familiar & familial, not to mention tribal, tribal, tribal. Fortunately, there is a growing tribe of progressive Jews who see in Obama a highly intelligent, high-integrity individual, and I am one of them. I made a video (yideo?) about being Jewish and supporting Obama, titled “Obama Raising the Bar.” Would love to have feedback on this… http://youtube.com/watch?v=XOCvfRrczTM

    Comment by MadamaAmbi — March 4, 2008 @ 12:49 am

  251. I am a Jew and I proudly support Obama. I also sincerely hope an Obama presidency will be more amenable than his policy statement currently reflects to repositioning the US as an impartial and non-interventionist broker in Israel/Palestine.

    Comment by Keith Feldman — March 4, 2008 @ 1:00 am

  252. Attacks like this deserve to be refuted as quickly as possible.

    Comment by Josh Thomases — March 4, 2008 @ 1:47 am

  253. Not only did Barak Obama acknowledge the role of American Jews in the Civil Rights movement, he also said that one of his primary goals today is to heal the rift between Jews and African-Americans. What deep integrity, sincerity, intelligence and authenticity. My hope for Barak is that he will inspire and lift up the African-American community, and ALL people who feel disempowered, disenfranchised, and dissatisfied with the status quo….

    Tamara Ambar Losel
    Executive Director, Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
    Nashville, TN

    Comment by Tamara Ambar Losel — March 4, 2008 @ 1:50 am

  254. Eric Halperin
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Eric Halperin — March 4, 2008 @ 2:43 am

  255. I am a Jew from Brooklyn. I learned alefbet in the first grade, and I go synagogue every week. I keep kosher at home, and all of my dreams about a future family are of a Jewish one. I have fantasized about making aliyah many times. Although my Jewishness is not as apparent to many people as my African phenotype, I carry my Jewish identity with me, at the forefront of my consciousness, as much as I do my African American identity. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically support Barack Obama’s candidacy to become the President. He will do more than merely bring functional readiness with him upon taking the oath of office, he will invigorate the oval office and America’s international stature in a way that we haven’t seen since the JFK era.

    Obama will be good for Israel, good for America, for our fellow citizens, and the relationship we have with the world.

    Comment by Nicky McCatty — March 4, 2008 @ 2:49 am

  256. My husband, who is a Rabbi, and I wholeheartedly support Barack Obama for President. As Jews, but more importantly, as members of the world community, we see Barack as the only candidate who has the potential to unify people to work for the common good of humanity and the planet. I have heard Barack speak, and yes, he is charismatic and all the rest, but more importantly he has common sense, dignity, intelligence, solid ideas and plans to implement them.

    Comment by Bonnie Berg — March 4, 2008 @ 5:39 am

  257. Thank you all for posting and signing this. We shall overcome.

    Comment by Sarah Lertzman — March 4, 2008 @ 5:56 am

  258. Barak Obama is the least Slimy and the most inspiring of any recent politicians. It is only to be expected that the hate-mongers will attack him like no other president or candidate since FDR.

    Vote for Change. Vote for Obama.

    Comment by Earl Wajdyk — March 4, 2008 @ 7:52 am

  259. I have been for obama since the summer, but the resurgence of ethnic smearing, and their tacit approval by both Clinton and Republicans, deepens my support for the one candidate who rejects such tactics—and who represents to me the real promise and values of America.

    Comment by Helen Freeman — March 4, 2008 @ 9:53 am

  260. To have Barack Obama as President, and the gorgeous Obama family in the White House, has the potential to restore America’s symbolic role as a home of the free after a long, dark night. In background, true multicultural experience, openness to the world of diverse visions, he is the very embodiment of the best of America’s spirit as a land of diversity. That’s why I call myself an Obama Mama — albeit of the “wrong” demographic as a New York Jewish feminist scholar and senior citizen, nuch.

    Comment by Ilsa Glazer — March 4, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

  261. I support Obama for the inspiration and future he offers to my children. I support Obama to give a voice and vote for both the Israelis and Palenstinians who work towards a non violent resolution to the conflict they share. I support Obama for his record and support of Women’s issues. It feels good to once again and finally be able to get behind a candidate who inspires and motivates both the young and older American people.

    Comment by Linda Sidorsky — March 4, 2008 @ 5:54 pm

  262. Senator Obama has chastised his own community for their sometimes antisemitic views. He is the best kind of “Jew”–intelligent, inclusive, compassionate, informed, patriotic, supporter of Israel, decent,honest, strong family man. I am proud to support him and grateful that he has come our way.

    Comment by Judy Wise, Chicago — March 4, 2008 @ 8:06 pm

  263. Laurie Regenbogen
    Chicago, Illinois

    Comment by Laurie Regenbogen — March 4, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

  264. I support Barack Obama because what you see on the outside is what is on the inside. Senator Obama is the rare human being gifted with true empathy for all the peoples of the world.

    Comment by Lucy Salenger — March 4, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

  265. I support Barack Obama because what is good for America, is good for Israel.

    Comment by Marvin Zonis — March 4, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

  266. I’ve been involved in the Democratic party my entire life; first in Philadelphia, PA, and now in my new hometown of Memphis, TN. Barack Obama represents the values, ethics and, yes, idealism, that we all so sorely need in this country.

    Comment by Billie Shanefield Pierce — March 4, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

  267. I’m Jewish, the last surviving member of a once thriving, loving Jewish family in Eastern Europe prior to World War II. I never enjoyed family other than caring for my mother and father during my early teen years. Mother died when I was 16. My Father died when I was 24. Both suffred so much due to Nazi attrocities. It is my hope Senator Obama if elected to President of the United States would support and protect Israel. I do not believe the Clinton administration did well with supporting Oslo. We need effective change and if an Obama presidency will do it, I wish him inspiration and G-d speed. If we do not remember the past, surely we are doomed to relive it.

    Comment by Ralph Rubinek — March 5, 2008 @ 1:10 am

  268. I currently live in Israel so I am not sure I am supposed to be here, but as a LoveIsrael Jew who is passionately for Obama because paradoxical thought it may seem he is the only political leader in the U.S. or Israel who could nourish a Jewish homeland that opens the path to the third temple as a house of prayer for all nations. This two state stuff is nonsense. I know he can’t say that publicly, but he is smart and visionary and knows that politics is not the only way to achieve change. Arab muslims in our region and Africa need to get their act together and enter the 21st. century in terms of economics, politics, culture and the treatment of women and who better than Obama to assist in opening desperately needed new conversations.

    Comment by irene diamond — March 5, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  269. I just returned from Israel and my support for Barack has increased. My wife and 2 adult children also support Barack.

    Comment by Edward Berlin — March 6, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

  270. Stephanie Shell
    Ardmore, PA

    Comment by Stephanie Shell — March 7, 2008 @ 1:51 am

  271. Barack, aka ‘Baruch’, is a mensch of the first order. We urge everyone who is sick of the gutter politics of the 1990′s, everyone who wants a return to civility in the political sphere to support Senator Obama. He has initiated and is leading the necessary unifying political discourse that will return our country to the people and transform and unify the cultural and political divisions. Join the conversation and the campaign to elect President Obama. Support this campaign and this movement with your words, your spirit, your dollars and especially with your sweat and labor in your respective precincts.

    Comment by Burton Dean and Devi Dean — March 7, 2008 @ 6:13 am

  272. I am an Ethiopian black Jew and I support Obama wholeheartedlly. He is the finnest human being on earth right now.
    I think Americans will be foolish to miss this opportunity. He will most probably end this endless war between
    Israel and the Palistinians, I really beleivbe that. He has a unique ability of uniting people. He is very nice,
    decent and he has a powerful mind. He thinks thing through like no other. I like this guy and I will do what ever
    it takes to see a President Barack Obama in 2009 in the US of A.

    Thank you!

    Comment by Solomon Aklilu — March 8, 2008 @ 1:26 am

  273. For the sake of our country, for the sake of our future, I believe that Obams should be our next president.

    Comment by Sondra Myers — March 8, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

  274. Reva Reck
    Warwick, MA

    Every Passover we remember that we were once slaves in the land of Egypt. We are descendants of Abraham, who knew the oneness of the divine force, and we are descendants of slaves. So to be Jewish means to know that social justice is necessary. It is necessary because we are all one, and it is necessary for peace. Obama understands this.

    Comment by Reva Reck — March 8, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

  275. WE support Barak Obama not only for his dedication, his honesty and his devotion to bringing our country together. We feel that Barak Obama is THE person that can unify this economic and politically torn up country. We shall all overcome.

    Maddie and Stan Levine

    Comment by Stanley Levine — March 8, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

  276. Barack Obama has changed the nature of political discourse in this country.

    Comment by Andrea Joseph — March 9, 2008 @ 3:56 am

  277. I am not jewish but, I was on the Obama site and followed the link. This is simply wonderful.
    I was worried that the jewish community would not be behind Obama and support Hillary with all her lies and stuff.
    But, duho! I should know better as everyone of all communities and groups come out to support him.
    Anyway, I am really happy and just wanted to say so.

    Comment by vwcat — March 9, 2008 @ 4:32 am

  278. Valerie Sobel
    San Francisco, CA

    Comment by Valerie Sobel — March 9, 2008 @ 7:06 am

  279. Barak inspires me and gives me hope for the future of my children!!

    Comment by wendy grossman — March 9, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

  280. Jonathan Horowitz
    Madison, WI

    Comment by Jonathan Horowitz — March 10, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

  281. I am an American Jew who proudly supports Obama. He has the vision, commitment, and values that I find totally consistent with what I most treasure about my Jewish faith.

    Comment by Ann J. Pace, Ph.D. — March 10, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

  282. As an American AND as a serious Jew, I am proud to support Senator Obama. Many months ago, I became convinced that his long-established leadership skills, ability to respect and listen to many different perspectives, and his sound judgement only added to his very important ability to communicate his ideas to a wide-range of people. His character traits are exactly those we need to bring America forward- both within our own borders and internationally.

    Comment by Harriet Shugerman — March 10, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

  283. A registered Republican, I changed parties to support Barack Obama.

    Comment by Judith Jacobs — March 11, 2008 @ 12:17 am

  284. Rachel M. Usdan
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Rachel M. Usdan — March 11, 2008 @ 1:34 am

  285. Bettylu K. Saltzman

    Chicago, IL

    Comment by Bettylu K. Saltzman — March 11, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

  286. Barack Obama for change in the Washinton Establishement

    Michele in Florida

    Comment by Michele Kanarek — March 12, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

  287. James B. Klutznick
    Chicago, IL

    Comment by James B. Klutznick — March 12, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

  288. Gavriel Meir-Levi
    Former Director, The Security Leadership Council
    New York City, NY

    “Why am I voting for Barack Obama? HE’S A MENSCH!!”

    Comment by Gavriel Meir-Levi — March 13, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

  289. Treasurer
    Democratic Party of Virginia
    Richmond, VIrginia

    Go Barack!

    Comment by Abbi Easter — March 14, 2008 @ 3:28 am

  290. I endoresed Barack Obama just after he announced he was running. I am proud to support him still.

    Richard Silverstein
    Tikun Olam
    http://www.richardsilverstein.com/

    Comment by Richard Silverstein — March 14, 2008 @ 9:25 am

  291. Jason Pollens
    Rye Brook, NY

    Comment by Jason Pollens — March 14, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  292. I support Barak Obama because he represents the energy to ignite the future of America. I believe that change no matter what level is hard, but to change our country without involvement of the next generation would be foolish. Sen. Obama is running asone person. We are electing someone who will represent us with words and having someone who can speak in a way that eraticates the apathy that has overcome our society is very exciting.

    Comment by Ilan Hurvitz — March 14, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

  293. New York, NY

    Comment by Talli Somekh — March 14, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

  294. I am proud to have voted for Barack Obama in his Senate race and in the Illinois primary. I look forward to voting for Barack Obama again in November. I am also proud to add my signature to this effort to combat the lies, distortions and smear tactics that are un-American and unworthy of any discourse in the Jewish community. Ken, anachnu yakholim!

    Comment by Barry Dredze — March 14, 2008 @ 6:53 pm

  295. I whole-heartedly support Barack Obama and believe that he is the best candidate for president of the US. I trust him and believe that he stands firmly with Israel and the American Jewish community.

    Comment by Danielle Luttenebrg Meitiv — March 14, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

  296. Obama is the antidote to the collective cultural depression stemming from Sept 11, Katrina, Iraq and general ineptitude of the Bush years. He will revitalize our spirit for a better society.

    Comment by Shaiya Baer, Nashville TN — March 14, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

  297. San Antonio, TX

    Comment by Martha Hendler — March 14, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

  298. Ken, anu yecholim! ["Yes, we can!" in Hebrew]

    Comment by Erin Weinstein — March 14, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

  299. Carol R. Weinstein
    San Francisco, CA

    Comment by Carol R. Weinstein — March 14, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

  300. Professor Emeritus, U of Wisconsin-Madison
    Milwaukee, WI

    Comment by Herzl R Spiro, MD PhD — March 14, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

  301. I support Senator Barack Obama for President because he has the integrity and temperament needed to lead this country out of the morass that it has suffered over the past eight years. He is a friend to Jewish causes and has not only voiced but also voted his support for Israel’s security. The calumnies to which he has been subjected are appalling, and the fact that Jews have done their part to spread these lies is an embarrassment to us all. Obama represents a vision for an American future that dovetails with Jewish social values, and I hope that others will join in this effort and help to make him the next president for all Americans.

    Mark Mulgay
    Swampscott, MA

    Comment by Mark Mulgay — March 14, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

  302. Neal S. Zaslavsky
    Immediate Past President–Rotary Club of West Hollywood
    2000 Los Angeles County Coordinator for John McCain’s Presidential Bid
    West Hollywood, CA

    Comment by Neal Zaslavsky — March 14, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

  303. I support Barack Obama because I want to be proud to be an American again. It is not simplistic to want a pragmatist to lead us, it is not simplistic to experience hope and cohesion. I’m tired of our polity being split into triangulated pieces. I believe in hope. I know that Obama, who is coincidentally my senator, knows that there can be no peace in the Middle East until Israel’s terrorist enemies stop terrorizing Israel.

    Comment by Nancy Charak — March 14, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

  304. Obama is the only potential president who substantively offers authentic positive change in so many crucial areas. I cannot imagine a diplomatic initiative leading to peace between Israel and its neighbors with either Clinton or McCain. I can imagine it with Obama — and not to Israel’s detriment, but to a cessation of violence and hostilities and a significant increase in Israel’s and the region’s security.

    Comment by Bob Merkin — March 14, 2008 @ 7:53 pm

  305. Ted Lieverman
    Philadelphia, PA

    Comment by Ted Lieverman — March 14, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  306. David S. Ettinger
    Oak Park, CA

    Comment by David S. Ettinger — March 14, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

  307. I support Obama!

    Rabbi Ben Newman
    Riverdale, NY

    Comment by Rabbi Ben Newman — March 14, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

  308. Sandra J. Fishman
    Nutritionist
    Reading, PA

    Comment by Sandra J. Fishman — March 14, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

  309. Carole S. Appel
    Dover, NH

    Comment by Carole S. Appel — March 14, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

  310. I have met Senator Obama at several events in New Hampshire. I was tremendously impressed by his ability to inspire, the quality of his foreign policy advisors and his intelligence and likability.

    Comment by Kenneth I Appel — March 14, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  311. I support Obama and am glad to see this website, thanks.

    Comment by Deborah Field — March 14, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

  312. Barack Obama is good for America and good for Israel. I am proud to join with other “landsmen” who are willing to stand up to the “Loshan Hora” that is being spread among our people.

    Ellis Simon
    Oceanside, NY

    Comment by Ellis Simon — March 14, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

  313. The best candidate for our country, Israel & the rest of the world.

    Comment by Marshall & Sue London — March 14, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

  314. Palo Alto, CA

    Comment by Jeff Miller — March 14, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

  315. Service connected honorably discharged veteran. Sen. Obama thinks, speaks and acts as a statesman and not as a politician. He is a breath of clean fresh air.

    Comment by Joe Tuckman — March 14, 2008 @ 11:07 pm

  316. Cheshire, CT

    Comment by Martin E Cobern — March 15, 2008 @ 12:00 am

  317. I value Obama’s sense of social justice. He brings hope of a stronger, wiser, and kinder American.

    Comment by Rachel McMillan — March 15, 2008 @ 1:32 am

  318. Electing Obama would show the world, and ourselves, America at its best!

    Comment by Sam Baker — March 15, 2008 @ 3:04 am

  319. Bill and Ellen Rich
    Dallas, TX

    Comment by William Rich — March 15, 2008 @ 5:19 am

  320. I am a Jew for Obama. Leaders of the community need to spread the word to the mainstream media that we stand with Barack despite his association with (and because his repudiation of) Pastor Wright. Barack needs us. The country needs Barack.

    Comment by David Leventhal — March 15, 2008 @ 5:52 am

  321. Barack Obama brings humanity, intellect, and grace to the political landscape. We have been far too long without these qualities in political leaders.
    I am a husband, father, attorney, Democratic activist, local political columnist, and American Jew. His candidacy compliments all of the things I am, and I hold dear. Finally, finally.

    Joe and Linda Altschule
    Visalia, California

    Comment by Joe Altschule — March 15, 2008 @ 6:30 am

  322. As someone who loves and cares about America and Israel, I strongly support Barack Obama for president!

    Comment by Christine Gessner — March 15, 2008 @ 8:34 am

  323. We need the change and hope and possibility that Barck Obama represents.

    Comment by Robyn Breiman — March 15, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

  324. Plano, TX

    Comment by Beth Wood — March 15, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

  325. I support Senator Obama for President because he represents the best of the learnings of Jewish social justice.

    Comment by Mark Michaels — March 15, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  326. I am so grateful to those who started this site.
    I am happy to join fellow Jews who wish to counteract the surprising trend among our people, who, of all people, should be resistant to the propaganda and scapegoating that have “gained traction.”
    Those who read–instead of propaganda–Obama’s autobiography or The Audacity of Hope, or his speeches on his Illinois senate site or the Blueprint for Change on his campaign site will see that Barack Obama is far, far from a Farrakhan, far far from a secret-Islamo-fascist, and far far from the reverand whom he compares to an uncle for whom one feels affection warts-and-all.
    In his books, Obama explains his ambivalence about certain ways and means of all manner of movements, including tides in the black community which, he noted, did not win the respect of many within the community.
    Unlike many who look to complain about Obama, Obama looks at sociological phenomena–within and outside the black community–to analyze the ins and outs.
    He brought up the Holocaust in a discussion with a girl/friend (see autobiography) and understands the plight of minorities–of which we are one (in case some of us have forgotten).
    He is open to right thinking, be it liberal or conservative.
    He was raised on nuanced thinking, far from the cultish views of those with whom he’s accused of being in clandestine agreement.
    He is practical but intellectual.
    He’s well-educated in the conventional, even elitest, sense but also self-educated.
    He’s a normal person.
    He can pronounce “nuclear.”
    If not for Barack Obama, Hilary would be the candidate, and good as she is, she’s not as above the frey as he is, and she might not beat John McCain, which would further compromise the Supreme Court.
    Barack Obama is a phenomenon whose time has come.
    Let’s continue our support for the good causes that we, as a people, have always been behind.
    Let’s continue to show that our community is in sync with all those who have worked hard to move forward this country, which has been so good to us.
    Let’s not forget the call of our grandparents: “Only in America.”

    Comment by Diane Trachtenberg — March 15, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

  327. I’m beginning to calm down and put myself in Obama’s shoes. I can imagine the finger and handwringing that must’ve gone on when he first heard about his pastor’s comments about a year ago. Obama is a very smart guy. He knew this day would come.. He and his wife were, I am sure, torn about what to do about Pastor Wright’s comments in the context of a presidential campaign.

    What Would Moshe Rabbeinu do? As a senator or a human being you don’t just ‘up and leave’ your place of worship after 20 years, do you? You stay and try to change what’s happening intra-organizationally.

    Who are we to judge what someone else does in a particular situation if we ourselves have never been IN that situation? To stay in the church at this point is not good politically, obviously, nor does it make for good television (this is not black and white), but in this age of YouTube, Huffington Post and the rest, we (I) have to, repeat have to, slow down in direct correlation with the speed of information that is constantly coming at us. It is easy to react viscerally, which is what I did.

    G-d, though furious with the Israelites for making idols whilst Moshe Rabbeinu was on Sinai getting the first edition of the 10 Commandments, gave the Israelites a second chance and didn’t end up killing them all. (talk about mass murder on a huge scale!) after a discussion with Moses in which he, Moses, begged and pleaded for his people’s very existence.

    This election isn’t about Pastor Jeremiah Wright with whose comments I do not entirely disagree with, except that he neglected in his sermon to mention the firebombing of civilians in Europe by the US and British Air Corps during WWII – Dresden, Hamburg, etc. Certainly Brig. Gen. Arthur “Bomber” Harris, the inventor of nighttime raids on cities in Germany would be a war criminal by today’s standards, no doubt, along with his American counterpart whose name escapes me at the moment as the US was doing what the British were doing, only in the daytime. But we won THAT war. I agree with Pastor Wright that the chickens HAVE come home to roost, but please, don’t blame Jews. The fact is that America is hated for, among other things, “soiling” the sacred ground where Mohammed walked and they want us out of there. So just as soon as we figure out how to make electric vehicles that will do 0-60 in 4 seconds and which do not cost $100,000 (there is one company, Tesla Motors, that does sell such a car) and close down the oil companies, we can leave the Arabs in peace. Hopefully. Unless you buy into the strong argument that the Koran teaches world domination. Let us leave that topic alone for now.

    This election is about this country. Ms. Kreiter says she worked with him for 10 years. I will listen to someone with that experience with him. We all ought to, lest we further divide the country and give Sybilla (Sybil+Atilla the Hun) or Grampa Munster (John McCain) the presidency. I want to see Obama win, if only to see how it turns out. We cannot always control the actions or words of others and are only in a position to make moral judgments based on actions. And both Obama’s words and deeds are consistent with someone who cares about a Jewish core value: tikkun olam, the repair of the world, and those people like me who were quick to jump on him should calm down long enough to reflect on what they would have done under similar circumstances.

    One does not repair the world by stomping off of it in a huff because certain things are not exactly the way we would like them. Pastor Wright is only a human being, prone to make mistakes, as we all are. Nothing on this earth and no-one in it is perfect. If that were the case, the Messiah would already be here. There is more work to be done, and I am sticking with Obama.

    Comment by I Randoolph S. Shiner — March 15, 2008 @ 9:57 pm

  328. Obama is a remarkable man who deserves the support of all thoughtful Americans, Jews or otherwise. He is worth you support at every level!

    Jean Paley
    Urbana, IL

    Comment by Jean Paley — March 15, 2008 @ 5:23 pm

  329. Obama is far better for Israel than the folks on the right wing margins who are bizarrely fueling this debate.
    Obama is far better for America than the Clintons whose values seem to shift with the polls- or McCain who will shoot from the hip like Bush- without any consideration of the fallout.
    Obama is the first politician in ages who is speaking out loud about the natural alliance between the African American and the Jewish American communities.

    Yes we can!

    Comment by Victoria Levi — March 16, 2008 @ 1:23 am

  330. I support Barack Obama because he will lead us with humane policies,foreign and domestic. I support him because he stands for what I beleive in as a Jew.

    Comment by Alice Weiss — March 16, 2008 @ 3:09 am

  331. Michelle Stein-Evers
    Alliance for Black Jews, co-founder;
    The Universal Jewish Almanac, founder and past editor;
    Research Department, The Simon Wiesenthal Center;
    Los Angeles, CA
    Holocaust Restitution Professional
    Sydney, AUSTRALIA

    As a black, Jewish, American, expatriate woman, I feel that he has lived a variety of MY life and I his. I’ve one or two prayers for Mr. Obama: that he lives long enough to win this election and that if he wins, he will not allow the Republicans (and their often immoral antics) to dominate the national conversation.

    I cannot expect that he will bring peace to the Levant, or the Middle East or change American perceptions about Iran, Muslims, or create instant clam and understanding on dozens of issues; I know better. I do hope that he can not only re-kindle the pride, hope and joy that used to accompany saying aloud “I am an American.” Please give us positive leadership in the dark days which may soon come.

    Comment by Michelle Stein-Evers Frankl — March 16, 2008 @ 4:26 am

  332. Matthew Weinstein
    Baltimore, MD

    Comment by Matthew Weinstein — March 16, 2008 @ 5:01 am

  333. I and my husband came to the United States as young children, Jews fleeing the Nazis … my husband from Germany in 1936; I from Yugoslavia via Italy after the allies liberated Rome. We both love this country. It has been good to us and it is in many good ways wonderfully unique. BUT it is a country now in much trouble, internationally and economically. We know Obama as our neighbor and our Senator. He is a remarkably decent, intelligent, thoughtful man and in every respect an extremely unusual human being to be running for President of the United States. Can he cure all that ails us? Hardly. But he can lead and inspire us to Tikkum Olam. Obama is as much “one of us” as any man who has run for that office. He has the temperment and the character to be a fine leader and he has the ability to listen to everyone. Certainly there is nothing there that Jews or Israelis need in any way fear.

    Comment by Edna Selan Epstein — March 16, 2008 @ 6:17 am

  334. Senator Obama has demonstrated throughout his career that he is a voice for effective progressive policies. Also: After 8 years of a president whose administration thought nothing of destroying habeas corpus, Obama’s experience as a professor of constitutional law is needed to restore the foundation of civil liberties in the US.

    Steven K. Rothschild, MD
    Family Physician
    Chicago, IL

    Comment by Steven K. Rothschild — March 16, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

  335. I am Jewish and I support barack!

    Comment by Jim Becker — March 16, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

  336. Kenneth Silverman
    Professor Emeritus of English
    New York City

    Comment by Kenneth Silverman — March 16, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

  337. I could never say any better what 344 commentators have said here before me. I am saddened by the continued smearing of the only candidate who can represent all of us.

    Comment by Anne E. Silber — March 16, 2008 @ 5:16 pm

  338. I am a woman, I am a New Yorker, I am Jewish. I support Barack Obama because he inspires young people to get involved.

    Comment by Pat Still — March 16, 2008 @ 5:42 pm

  339. Dan Phillips
    New York, NY

    Comment by Dan Phillips — March 16, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

  340. Barak Obama’s time has come. Good for the country and the image of this country. With him at the helm our reputation can be restored. It is time for a change, and as his slogan tells us…HE CAN and he will bring integrity and intelligence, fairness and honesty back to the White House. No longer will we bear the brunt of shameless ignorance, distorted facts and down right untruths. There is a light at the end of this too long tunnel and in that light stands Barak Obama.

    Comment by Patricia Friedberg — March 16, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

  341. Potomac, Maryland

    Comment by Barbara Goldberg Goldman — March 17, 2008 @ 2:57 am

  342. Potomac, Maryland

    Comment by Michael F. Goldman — March 17, 2008 @ 2:58 am

  343. Barack Obama reminds us that we are the Tikkun Olam that we have been waiting for.
    He understands that we need to work together as a “United” States to help repair the world,but especially our country. What a Mensch! This is why I support Barack Obama for President.

    Emily L. Silverman
    San Francisco, CA

    Comment by Emily L. Silverman — March 17, 2008 @ 6:20 am

  344. I heartily endorse Barack Obama. I am grateful that a candidate has come along who doesn’t tell us what we want to hear and lie to us, but instead helps to raise the level of discourse and challenges each of us to work hard to realize the future we all so richly deserve. I also embrace his stance on Israel; it’s important to tell it like it is and not hold back from being honest for fear of losing votes and protecting those who do not work to bring peace.

    Jewish Educator
    New York, NY

    Comment by Sara Shapiro-Plevan — March 17, 2008 @ 4:24 am

  345. Joel M. Carp
    Highland Park, IL

    Comment by Joel M. Carp — March 17, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

  346. I am proud to have been volunteering for the Obama campaign for some months and very glad that there is now a way for Jewish Obama supporters to unite against the vicious prejudices against him that continue to be distributed by and among American Jews.

    Comment by Deborah Fogel — March 17, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

  347. Dr. Yaakov Shechter
    Professor of Genetics (Ret)
    City University of New York
    New York, NY

    Comment by Yaakov Shechter — March 17, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

  348. Philadelphia, PA

    Comment by Neil L Glazer — March 17, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

  349. As a Conservative Jew and lifelong liberal, I proudly cast my vote to elect Barack Obama senator of my state of Illinois. Upon watching his electrifying speech at the 2004 convention, I told myself that here, at last, is a politician who restores my excitement in politics – who recognizes the need to revolutionize the political system and is ready and able to be a catalyst for that process. This is a candidate we can and should support – not despite or because of his race, but because he has the vision and insight to take our country where we need and deserve to be.

    Who else could inspire so many first-time voters? Who else could bring together Americans from such a broad ideological spectrum? “And if not now, when?” KADIMA, OBAMA!

    Comment by Michelle Blechman — March 17, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

  350. I am disgusted with the clearly inaccurate, & perhaps even blatant lies, that have been spread via the internet regarding Barak Obama’s background.
    I cannot foresee into the future as to whether he would make a great president or not, but I do know he has come up with two critical positive aspects:
    1. A fresh approach to the chronic issues which face not only our country but many nations, & which our current leaders, both in & out of the White House, have not only aggravated (in some cases), but failed to correct in all cases.
    2. He has made serious & ongoing efforts to cross the entrenched partisan divide.

    For these 2 reasons, if for none other (& there are others) he is worthy of serious consideration as our next president.

    Comment by Cyril Mazansky — March 17, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

  351. Washington, DC

    Comment by Manuel Silberstein — March 18, 2008 @ 12:49 am

  352. I support Senator Obama because he is the antithesis of the the red baitng and race baiting legacies of our Republican and Democratic political establishments.
    Race and Fear are being used in this campaign to take him down; As Jews, it is incumbent upon us to stand against intolerance and the mindset that says its okay to do anything or say anything about someone-for gain.
    As the Producer of the recent PBS Documentary about Chinese American aviator pioneer Hazel Ying Lee, I know a pioneer when I see one-and I can recognize an individual who will make a positive differnce in this fractured and divided world we live in. All people, Jew, Gentile, Atheist, etc. benefit from individuals like Hazel Ying Lee and Barack Obama.

    Comment by Alan H. Rosenberg — March 18, 2008 @ 4:42 am

  353. As a college professor, I see how inspiring and uniting Barack Obama is to college students. We need a leader who can inspire and unite young adults who were children the last time an intelligent person was president.

    Comment by CJ Ingel — March 18, 2008 @ 5:29 am

  354. Barack Obama is the smartest, most honest, and most politically skilled person now running for President. I think he has the personal qualities to build coalitions that will actually PASS a progressive agenda, while Hilary Clinton will just preach one. And I think his personal qualities also make him more likely than the other two to bring Israeli and Palestinian leaders together for a real peace. I trust him on Israel, and I think he represents the values I hold as a liberal and as an observant Jew.

    - Sam Fleischacker
    Professor of Philosophy
    University of Illinois-Chicago

    Comment by Sam Fleischacker — March 18, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

  355. Decatur Ga

    Comment by Sandra Lawson — March 18, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  356. Rabbi, Freehold, NJ

    Comment by Brooks R Susman — March 18, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

  357. I am a public interest lawyer in Chicago who had the chance to work with Senator Obama on issues affecting children in the Illinois legislature. He demonstrated remarkable wisdom, dedication and effectiveness reshaping many policies that had an impact on our most powerless citizens I strongly support his candidacy.

    Comment by Benjamin Wolf — March 18, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

  358. Freehold NJ

    Comment by Andrea Susman — March 18, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

  359. St. Louis

    Comment by Ethan J Susman — March 18, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

  360. Sherry Israel
    social psychologist
    Newton, MA

    Comment by Sherry Israel — March 19, 2008 @ 1:13 am

  361. Caryn Roman
    Graduate Student and Jewish Educator
    New York, NY

    Comment by Caryn Roman — March 19, 2008 @ 1:36 am

  362. Professor of History
    Lehigh University

    Comment by Roger and Marna Simon — March 19, 2008 @ 2:11 am

  363. Barack Obama reminds us of what we treasure in this country and will be able to lead all segments of our society equitable and wisely.

    Comment by Arlene Shykind — March 19, 2008 @ 2:51 am

  364. Here in Chicago we have known him the longest and support him in large numbers.

    Comment by Andy Friedman — March 19, 2008 @ 4:46 am

  365. We can’t let Clinton bully her way into the nomination

    Comment by Bill Siroty, MD — March 19, 2008 @ 5:04 am

  366. “I think when we most needed it, he offered the world a way out of madness.”
    (spoken by the character Mirabehn, in John Briley’s screenplay, “Gandhi”)

    Comment by Michael M. Gerber — March 19, 2008 @ 6:08 am

  367. Felice Berkowitz
    Fairfax, VA

    Comment by Felice Berkowitz — March 19, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  368. Wouldn’t it be great to have a President like Obama, someone with such an impressive intellect and heart and soul? The more people try to smear him, the more impressed I am by the intelligence and integrity with which he rises above the attacks.

    Comment by Thomas L. Schwarz — March 19, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

  369. What more could we hope for than this, a truth-speaking, high-minded, fair-minded, rational, calm, intelligent leader? Africa will no longer be ignored, Israel will be protected and peace in the region forwarded, this idiotic and tragically wasteful war in Iraq will wind down, and our public discourse will rise to a new level of civility not seen in sixteen years. Barukh Ha’Ba.

    Harriet Miller, Cambridge,MA

    Comment by Harriet Miller — March 19, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

  370. Deborah Cherniss
    President of Jewish Non-Profit
    New Brunswick, NJ

    Senator Obama has made me hope again. There is so much to be done to repair the world, and I believe he can help make it happen.

    Comment by Deborah Cherniss — March 19, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

  371. Most of my published work was under married name (i. lederer gibel) in such journals as Harper’s, Christian Century, Jerusalem Post, Israel Horizons, christianity & Crisis. Worked for many years with late Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum in nation interrelgious affairs of AJCommittee, organizaing projects like Women of Faith in the 80′s and first Women’s Leadership Study Tour of Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Israel. President of Americans for Progressive Israel, officer of Breira. New to internet, the above is background; here’s comment:

    Comment: I. M. A. Lederer, progressive Zionist and civil rights activist, writer

    Barack Obama is america’s — and the world’s — best hope for a better, fairer, safer tomorrow. Those who want to frighten Jews with lies and smear are not concerned with the survival of Israel nor care much about justice for the Palestinians — or anyone — but the too rich, too powerful, too warloving. As a committed Jew and life-long feminist, I know that voting for a person of great integrity and wisdom is better than voting for a category.

    Comment by I. M. A. Lederer — March 19, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

  372. He is honest and sincere, and has historically been a supporter of Israel. He might just be the one to solve some of our problems, and bring the country together. It is time for a change from politics as usual.

    Comment by Paul Erstein — March 19, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

  373. Physician
    Westfield, NJ

    Comment by Deborah Brandchaft Matro — March 19, 2008 @ 9:42 pm

  374. We are supporting Senator Obama with full hearts and clear minds His courage makes us believe
    in the promise of this country again. He has appealed to the best in us and we have responded. We’re glad of the opportunity to sign this letter and we appreciate whoever sponsored it

    Comment by Wendy Brandchaft & Charles Plotkin — March 19, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

  375. Senator Obama has definitively shown that he is an astute thinker as well as a person of integrity; his candor and insight, is refreshing; he sets a standard and tone that insists we are able and responsible for moving forward and finding solutions to the challenges and problems of our times without being trapped by metaphors of war and battle.

    Comment by Katya Gibel Mevorach — March 19, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

  376. I support Senator Obama because I agree with his progressive views and because I believe that it is time for us as a nation to be led by a qualified person of color.

    Comment by Rabbi Randy Fleisher — March 20, 2008 @ 12:53 am

  377. I support Obama. I also think the Israel Initiative should be considered.

    http://www.israelinitiative.com

    Comment by Michael Garin — March 20, 2008 @ 5:13 am

  378. We are horrified by all the misinformation being distributed by various (so- called_ Jewish organizations.

    Comment by Leonard & Zeace Nadler — March 20, 2008 @ 12:31 pm

  379. Larry Garber
    Chevy Chase, Maryland

    Comment by Larry Garber — March 20, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

  380. Hi:

    I am one of the founders of NOW and FEW (Federally Employed Women) and I support the Democratic nomination for Barack Obama.

    Comment by Sonia Pressman Fuentes — March 20, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  381. I am originally from Chicago and I know what Barack Obama did in that city for the underpriveleged. I now live in Arizona and am proud that our Govenor is supporting him. In a Republican state, we do have hope! Yes, we can!

    Comment by Saran Hirshman — March 20, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

  382. I am proud and honored to support Senator Obama for President.

    Jim Schuyler
    Richmond VA

    Comment by Jim Schuyler — March 20, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

  383. I believe that Barak Obama has the intellect the social and political acumen to be a great President. As an American Jew born in Tel Aviv and a the grandfather of six I am concerned about their future and the future of all children. Barak Obama’s willingness “to never negotiate out of fear or to fear to negotiate” is a prerequisite to assure a secure future for all.

    Comment by Ronald Shiffman — March 20, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

  384. If I could agree on the teachings of Saint Paul the Apostle, there is no way I would not chose to support the candidacy of Barack Obama. We are all sons of Abraham as long as we believe in one God, the God of Abraham, Moses and Elijah. Barack Obama is the only candidate available who understands the essence of sincerity, the humble acknowledgement of human imperfection and has the bold desire to selflessly explore political leadership in a genuine effort to solve problems in humanity (not just USA)

    Comment by Richard Ahumibe — March 20, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

  385. I support Senator Obama because he reminds us of what we have in common so that we can build trust and make connections. He always builds rather than tears down.

    Comment by Linda Unterman — March 20, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

  386. Jennifer Goldstein, Ph.D.
    Dallas, Texas

    Comment by Jennifer Goldstein — March 20, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

  387. The interests of our little nuclear Chelm aren’t a major factor nor a “litmus test” but they are a liability for Jews who prefer individual liberty to group autonomy and liberal humanism to narrow minded tribalism. It’s enough that Israel maintains its mediocrity with US taxpayer dollars and Diaspora philathropy which it uses to pursue, decade after decade, its stale, failed policies. Will its fear, guilt and pathology now auto-determine our voting choice? American Jews need to re-consider the centrality of the Israeli state in our community lives and our very religion, which propounds universal ethics and needn’t concern its followers with something as fleeting as a middle eastern bureaucracy.
    Obama is the best candidate. Democrats for Hillary have incredibly short memories, don’t mind her abrassive voice and casual dishonesty–or they’re still hesitant over Obama’s blackness. A charismatic white candidate who inspired such excitement would already have been nominated. He’s the only candidate that I can stand to listen to for more than two minutes without wanting to hang myself or cringe until my face implodes.
    Obama’s connections to shady Illonois developers and bigoted black nationalists are certainly cause for concern and should be scrutinized. If the man has been misleading with regard to his past or his identity, that would be a crying shame–because he’d still be the best candidate of the three.

    Comment by Aaron Temple Cress, EMT, former IDF combat medic — March 20, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

  388. Rachel Miller
    Palo Alto, CA

    Comment by Rachel Miller — March 20, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

  389. I’m also an Obama supporter. We need someone in office who’s worldly, knowledgeable and level-headed. Hopefully, if voted into office, we’ll see a quick withdrawal of our troops from Iraq, and an all out effort to restore our economy and reputation around the globe.

    Comment by Betty Silberman — March 20, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

  390. I support Obama. I think he is the best presidential candidate.
    Paxton Quigley

    Comment by paxton quigley — March 20, 2008 @ 8:42 pm

  391. I am a seventy-seven year old retired attorney and I will vote for Barack Obama.
    Not because he is a friend of Israel – after all no major candidate in the years since the creation of the State of Israel has been anti-Israel.
    Not because he is a friend of the Jews – after all George W. has implied that he, too, is a friend of the Jews, for all the good that has brought this nation.
    Not because he is a highly articulate speaker – a good orator does not necessarily mean that someone will also be a good leader.
    Not because he is against the horrible war in Iraq – any person with the ability to observe what is happening there would be against the war.
    Not because his father was a black diplomat from Kenya – one’s father does not guarantee that the son will follow in the father’s footsteps.
    Not because his mother was a white woman from middle America – see the comment about one’s father.
    Not because he inspires people – unfortunately history shows us that many “inspirational” leaders have easily lead their people astray.
    Not because his proposed solutions to many of our problems seem the most rational and might work – only time can tell if they will work.
    I support Barack Obama because I love my grandchildren and I firmly believe that he, and he alone, can secure and maintain a better America for them and that they deserve a better America.

    Comment by Robert I. Harris — March 20, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

  392. I am not american but I support Barack Obama. I will do my best to convince all my american friens here in Bologna to vote for him or hillary Clinton in november. A ticket Clinton- Obama or Obama- Clinton would be a great thing

    Comment by Jean-Luc Ngarambe — March 20, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

  393. I support Barack Obama for President because he has shown himself to be a man of integrity, conscience and courage. I have no doubt as to his solid commitment to Israel. Of the 3 remaining candidates, Obama is the only one who will unite our country and restore its good name in the world.

    Comment by Scott Gelb — March 20, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

  394. Sam Plotkin
    Real Estate Developer – Affordable Housing
    Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by Sam Plotkin — March 20, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

  395. I believe Obama has the potential to become finest president since Abraham Lincoln.Good for the USA Good for Israel Good for the world .

    Comment by fred abbe — March 21, 2008 @ 12:19 am

  396. I agree with many of the above mentioned comments

    Please add my name to your list

    Stephen Goldberg
    Jersey City, NJ and Townshend, VT

    Comment by Stephen H Goldberg — March 21, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

  397. Computer Scientist
    Sudbury, MA 01776

    Comment by professorai — March 21, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

  398. Howard and Ann Morse
    Amherst NH

    Comment by Howard Morse — March 21, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

  399. Dennis Wilen
    Bel Air, CA
    New media magician

    I’ m a proud Jew, a proud Democrat and a proud Zionist supporter of Senator Obama.

    Comment by Dennis Wilen — March 21, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

  400. Read Dreams From My Father.
    Watch Obama’s speech on Racism in America.
    Barack Obama is the kind of politician who comes, at most, once in a generation.
    He is willing to address the most difficult issues with sophistication, nuance and compassion.
    He elevates our public discourse.
    He links us to our highest ideals and aspirations.
    He treats us as civilized adults.

    Is our polity ready for such a figure? That is open to question.
    I know which side Jews should take.

    Alan Jay Weisbard
    Associate Professor of Law, Bioethics, Jewish Studies, and Religious Studies
    University of Wisconsin
    Madison, WI

    Comment by Alan Weisbard (The Wise Bard) — March 21, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

  401. Sheryl Barlam
    Phoenix, AZ

    Comment by Sheryl Barlam — March 22, 2008 @ 6:22 am

  402. Barack Obama is a breath of fresh air in a political world that is dominated by politicians who will say anything and “spin” anything to get elected. His record on Israel is impeccable and his basic philosophy concerning the needs of our great country embody the values of “Tikkun Olam” that we Jews cherish.

    Fred Barlam
    Phoenix, AZ

    Comment by Fred Barlam — March 22, 2008 @ 6:29 am

  403. Barack Obama’s Wholly Un-American Speech (at: http://www.basilandspice.com/journal/barack-obamas-wholly-un-american-speech.html)

    My first reaction to Barack Obama’s “More Perfect Union” speech was how utterly un-American it was.

    My second reaction is that I only hope that he continues down that path, because if he does, he offers America a tremendous opportunity to move out of and beyond the morass it finds itself in.

    His handwritten speech was not for American Presidents only; it demonstrated three of the best qualities that any leader can possess and what constitutes taking on the “real” special interests or shall I say cultural proclivities that have got America and many American companies into the morass in which they finds themselves.

    Conflict Avoidance – As a country and as a people we don’t deal very effectively with conflict. Instead we react to it by either “bunkering” and trying to deny reality (such as continuing to believe we could go from supreme creditor to deepest debtor, without negative repercussions for our global standing and influence) or by becoming belligerent and hostile. In his speech, Obama stepped into the fray, articulated and understood without condoning the positions and points of views of the parties he focused on and then took on another current and self-defeating American tendency.

    Transactional Myopia – America has slipped from the high minded and highly principled mindset of figuring out the right thing to do and doing it to a transactionally myopic “get the deal, do the deal, next deal” way of thinking and behaving. American culture has replaced relationships with transactionships which are “zero sum” and always short sighted. George H. Bush was less myopic and understood that if you break Iraq you own it, whereas George W. Bush’s leadership (or lack thereof) derives more from his M.B.A., a degree not known for developing people who are circumspect. People’s conversations, even with their loved ones, have all but been replaced with negotiations. Negotiation is about winning or avoiding losing; relationships are about relating. Relating requires listening in order to understand vs. listening in order to come up with your next counterpoint. Obama senses the short sightedness and doomed-to-fail transactional approach and this may explain his reluctance to engage in “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” banter with Hillary Clinton. The effectiveness in that approach for Clinton garnering votes in Ohio and Texas only speaks to how many Americans are stuck at that low minded, low ideal, take vs. give state of mind (which one can understand when surviving daily can distract anyone from high mindedness). Obama enjoined and ennobled us to do better by transcending out of transactional myopia and implied that in doing so we would be able to transform America from where it is to where it could be.

    Object Capriciousness – “Object constancy” is one of psychology’s most awkward, but most explanatory terms. It is the ability of a person to maintain a connection and a relationship with another person, a goal, or hope in the face of disappointment, frustration, hurt and injury. It is the single greatest measure of maturity and its lack, the greatest indicator of immaturity. That is why children and immature adults when upset with a friend or a spouse, will completely lose their connection and throw away a relationship by declaring: “I hate you, you’re not my friend” or “Let’s get a divorce.” Obama demonstrated this by asserting his continued support and even love for the Reverend Jeremiah Wright while decrying his statements and positions and confronted all of us with our continued relationships with people we disagree with. Awareness of this is also what caused a philosopher (whose name I can’t find) to conclude: “The measure of a civilization is how it treats those who have hurt it.”

    Until and unless a leader, be it American President or corporate CEO can enjoin, ennoble and empower his people to overcome their conflict avoidance, their transactional myopia, and object capriciousness a country or a company will be stuck wondering what ever became of it rather than seizing the grand opportunity of what it could become.

    Comment by Mark Goulston, M.D. — March 22, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

  404. I endorse Barak Obama because he will change the world.

    Comment by Dorit Azoulay — March 22, 2008 @ 3:59 pm

  405. Bruchim on Barak; I support him for peace, justice, and a new level of discussion of our racial/ethnic/religious identities in the context of being Americans.

    Comment by Robbie Skeist — March 22, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

  406. After initially supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton, I switched my allegiance to Sen. Barack Obama. While he’s not the Messiah, I believe that he will lesson the divisions in this country and the world. He is a statesman and a great leader.

    Comment by Skipp Porteous — March 22, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

  407. I endorse Barak Obama because he sees the situation clearly and still, somehow, fills me with hope.

    Comment by Beth Resnick — March 23, 2008 @ 12:37 am

  408. We are members of an orthodox synagogue who proudly support Barack Obama. Obama has both the heart and mind that can lead us forward to a more just society. His policies will be good for the United States and for Israel.

    Comment by Sharon and Gary Endelman — March 23, 2008 @ 5:10 am

  409. I support Senator Obama because I believe he has the vision and political will to move our country forward. I support him because he understands how important it is to form coalitions, avoid partisan alienation, and improve the image of America abroad. Here’s to you Senator Obama. I hope you make it.

    Comment by Yoni — March 23, 2008 @ 5:29 am

  410. Christine Gessner Staten Island, New York 10303

    Comment by Christine Gessner — March 23, 2008 @ 7:16 am

  411. Irene Diamond
    political scientist
    Raanana, Israel

    Comment by irene diamond — March 23, 2008 @ 8:23 am

  412. David Litt
    New York, NY

    Comment by David Litt — March 23, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  413. Obama is inclusive rather than divisive.
    Count me in!

    Comment by Marshall Curson — March 23, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

  414. I believe in the man and what he stands for.

    Comment by Erica Karp — March 23, 2008 @ 8:57 pm

  415. i support obama.

    Comment by cindy wechter — March 23, 2008 @ 10:12 pm

  416. Barack Obama is the most inspiring political leader we’ve had since Bobby Kennedy. He’s good for the Jews and good for the world. It’s important for Jews to speak up for him as Jews simply because so many of the scurrilous attacks on him play on specifically Jewish fears and because they seek to amplify fear and distrust of members of racial and religious minorities.

    Daniel Soyer
    Associate Professor of History, Fordham University
    Brooklyn, NY

    Comment by Daniel Soyer — March 23, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

  417. I support Obama.

    Comment by James Weisgal — March 24, 2008 @ 3:55 am

  418. I Support Obama :)

    Comment by Mariah Weisgal — March 24, 2008 @ 3:56 am

  419. As an ex-Israeli paratrooper and current Jewish academic, I believe that Obama will have the tenacity and moral vision to improve the United States’ standing in the world, including engaging with the Israel-Palestine peace process.

    Comment by Ranen Omer-Sherman — March 24, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

  420. Jeffrey Shoulson
    Associate Professor of English and Judaic Studies, University of Miami

    Comment by Jeffrey Shoulson — March 24, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

  421. We need thousands and thousands of signatures and Jews becoming activists on behalf of Barack Obama, even before the primary is over, to counter the schmear campaigns spreading through our community. Spread the word.

    Comment by Jordan Pollack — March 24, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

  422. Seth Rabinovitz
    College Park, MD

    Not only can Obama be good for the Jews, but he will get this country straight. He has economic plans to restore our economy and remove troops from Iraq. Some of these troops can go towards the protection of Israel. We are the only ally to the US in the Middle East and more pressures are coming to get us to give up that right. Obama will help us fight through this and support Israel in any way possible.

    Comment by Seth Rabinovitz — March 25, 2008 @ 3:22 am

  423. Obama has the best chance of getting the Republicans out of the White House.
    Hilary Clinton unifies the Republican base like no other. He talks about talking to our enemies
    as well as our allies, which is what we need to do. He just makes sense.

    Comment by Lise Bernstein — March 25, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

  424. I hope that after his speech on race more Jews will join in supporting Senator Obama.

    Comment by David Gerwin — March 25, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

  425. Howard Gutman

    Washington D.C.

    Comment by Howard Gutman — March 25, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

  426. When Bill Richardson endorsed Obama he said “Obama will make a great and historic president” then he added “You are a once in a lifetime leader. Above all, you will be a president who will bring this nation together.”
    In my view, Obama is a light unto the world. He is offering us a time to all work together to help repair the world not only our nation and Israel ” Tikkun Olam” from the inside and outside. I’m proud to be a Jewish “Obama Mama!

    Comment by Shelley Davis — March 26, 2008 @ 12:28 am

  427. KEN ANACHNU YECHOLIM
    YES WE CAN, with the help of God, contribute to a “tikkun olam”, to a repair of our world, and fulfill our roles
    as co-creators, working hard to achieve a national and global society of peace, understanding, compassion, wholeness, wellness, co-operation, sustainable growth, and the revelation of the Divine goodness which permeates the entire Creation.
    Senator Barak Obama,who has truly inspired us with his enlightened leadership and unity of purpose, can indeed be the President who will lead us out of the terrible darkness that has enguled our nation and the world.
    It will require great effort, sacrifice, and profound changes for us to realize the high ideals of Torah, the American revolution, and the deepest spiritual hopes of all peoples.
    May HaShem grant us, and our leaders, the strength and wisdom to rise to the challenges.
    May God bless Senator Obama, all Americans, and every precious human being alive on this planet. YES, WE CAN!!

    Comment by john (yedidyah) blanton — March 26, 2008 @ 12:48 am

  428. Yes we can! A light shines in the darkness. May the Holy One bless and protect him and his family.

    Comment by Mona Sulzman — March 27, 2008 @ 1:37 am

  429. I’m just glad I’m not the only one! (Saw this site in the 3/21/08 “Forward.”)

    Comment by Neal Ross Attinson — March 27, 2008 @ 1:50 am

  430. We have been saddened by the shameful and divisive tactics used by some in our Democratic party. We know that Senator Obama can heal this nation and restore honor to our place in the world. He will bring Tikkun Olam.

    Comment by Leslie and Michael Newman — March 27, 2008 @ 7:18 am

  431. I think Obama’s thoughtfulness, eloquence, poise and integrity make him a potentially great President. He’s the sort of politician that comes along once in a generation, if that. I’ve lived in Israel and feel that his foreign policy vision, especially his grasp of complexity, will maximize Israel’s chances for security and peace.

    Comment by Steve Tarlow — March 27, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

  432. We too are distressed by the shameful and divisive tactics being used against Senator Obama. Tikkun Olam begins at home. We believe that he has the ability to help heal this Nation and bring Tikkun Olam to a world that has become ever more harmed and harmful over the past eight years. Senator Obama is that rare kind of statesman, not a mere politician, who can speak and who can hear what is being said, and make others hear as well. For the sake of this country, for the sake of Israel, and for the sake of the world his is the kind of leadership that has been missing until now. We are proud, as pro-Israel Jews, to support Obama.

    Comment by Linda and Jesse Cedarbaum — March 27, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  433. Barack Obama represents “tikkun olam.” He is exactly the kind of leader all people of good will want, deserve and desperately need.

    Comment by Annie Fox — March 27, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  434. I believe that Obama is the best hope for America and for Israel. He is in the best position to break the logjam in the Middle East

    Comment by Paul Drexler — March 27, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

  435. Obama would actually be good for Israel and good for the Jews because having a leader trusted by the rest of the world who supports Israel will make open up the international discourse on mideast politics.

    Comment by Jill Nathanson — March 28, 2008 @ 12:02 am

  436. I support Barack Obama because I BELIEVE he is the only candidate that I can trust and I BELIEVE in him. HE has INTEGRITY and I BELIEVE that a leader has to have this quality to run our nation. I BELIEVE that he can and will bring CHANGE to America and restore our standing with other nations. I BELIEVE he will bring this country together and unite us. I BELIEVE!!!!!!
    Shalom to the world.

    Comment by Roberta Kelinson — March 28, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

  437. Carrie Pollack
    Sudbury, Massachusetts

    Comment by Carrie Pollack — March 28, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

  438. Rabbi Henry Jay Karp
    Davenport, Iowa

    Comment by Rabbi Henry Jay Karp — March 29, 2008 @ 7:59 am

  439. In memory of my beloved father, who can’t see this going on anymore, who was a humanist and true believer in freedom and equality, I feel obligated to support Senator Obama. I share my father’s value system. I came from Germany, where parts of my family was interned in camps, others fled, and all of them have taught me, that the single, most important factor, for better living conditions , is human equality. Senator Obama will lead this nation into a better future, when he fulfills his promises.

    Comment by Patricia Chana Friedmann-Folman — March 29, 2008 @ 5:17 pm

  440. Jews have always stood for humanity and tolerance. This time should be no different. Senator Obama has demonstrated his ability to unite us. Please join me in stopping the spread of vivous lies about him on the internet.

    Comment by Elyn Zerfas — March 29, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

  441. We support Barack Obama because he is morally straight. He has declared himself a friend of Jews and Israel, and we believe he is a man of his word. We must get out of Iraq: too many are being killed for an unjust cause. Obama listens. That is what is needed in a leader of America, that and clear thinking, which he has in spades. He doesn’t talk down to the nation, but talks with us. As people of Jewish heritage, we see that clearly as a good omen.

    Dale and Mia Feinstein

    Comment by Dale & Mia Feinstein — March 29, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

  442. We both support as do our children and their spouses! We encourage Jews of every kind – Conservative, Reform, Observant, not observant, anyone who identifies themselves as Jewish to publicly declare their support also. Obama stands for what we believe Jews have always stood for, Human Equality.

    Comment by Masao & Wendy Nishi — March 30, 2008 @ 10:14 am

  443. I am 56 years old and support Obama wholeheartedly. While speaking with my 83 year old mother she stated she was voting for Clinton. After I told her I supported Obama she stated; Well if you are for womens’ rights you vote for Clinton but if you are for all peoples’ rights you vote for Obama”. I can not be so egocentric to eliminate nearly half the population of the world.

    Obama is a long standing supporter of Israel and her beliefs. We, as Jews, can not be manipulated by red herrings–people whose agendas are to divide the Jewish and other communities to support their own agenda.

    Comment by Joan L Krafft — March 30, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  444. We’re an Obama family. My husband and I are looking forward to voting for Barak Obama in Philly. Our daughter voted for him in CT, and our son in DC.
    So that’s four Reconstructionists for Obama!
    He is inspiring. He gets it.

    Comment by mtairygreen — March 30, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

  445. My mother is convinced that Obama won’t stand up for Israel because Rev. Wright is in a bit of a tizzy. They think he is not going to support Israel *as strongly* as Hillary. I don’t see how that’s possible, but I am afraid she may even vote McCain in the general. Nothing I have said has made a dent in this belief.

    We will have to show her by electing him President without her support. Oh well.

    Comment by Jordan Bigel — March 30, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

  446. I am convinced that Obama will be good for everyone and to everyone..

    Comment by Barbara Keiser — March 31, 2008 @ 7:34 am

  447. Washington, D.C.

    Let us not allow race or religion or gender or national origin to separate us; let us show the world that the United States is a nation where all people are valued.

    Comment by carla furstenberg cohen — March 31, 2008 @ 11:13 am

  448. Harvey Duckor
    Eugene, Oregon

    Comment by Harvey Duckor — April 1, 2008 @ 3:28 am

  449. Aaron J. Freiwald
    Wynnewood, PA

    Comment by Aaron J. Freiwald — April 1, 2008 @ 4:54 am

  450. Barbara Rabkin, Cincinnati

    Comment by Barbara Rabkin — April 1, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

  451. Obama is the first presidential candidate in many years who has inspired me. He has the charisma to lead our country in positive directions – both on domestic issues and in the international arena. He will help bring peace and security to Israel, and he will improve the image of the United States world wide. As an American Jew and a Zionist, I support Obama.

    Comment by Sarah Benor — April 1, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

  452. Bethesda, Maryland

    Comment by David T. Cohen — April 1, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

  453. Business owner…I met Obama when he was a state senator. He has always supported the Jewish community and Israel.

    Comment by Micah Bergdale — April 1, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

  454. I am a Jew who worked on Paul Wellstone’s campaign in Minnesota and I endorse Barack Obama because he believes in and values tikkun olam

    Comment by Amanda Tempel — April 1, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

  455. I support Barack because of my Jewish values. He has the best chance of moving the Middle East in a peaceful direction, not to mention the best chance to address other pressing problems (climate change, rampant poverty) that are in the interests of all human beings, Jew and Gentile. He has run his campaign in the kind of positive, intellectual way that is consistent with the teachings of our sages.

    Comment by Daniel Spiro — April 2, 2008 @ 2:29 am

  456. I really hope this man is the next president of the U.S.

    Comment by Yoel Falkowitz — April 2, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

  457. I can’t believe any thinking American can believe the foolishness and illogic of the “guilt by association” onslaught by some in the press on Obama and the suggestions that he is a racist and anti-semite.

    I support him, not because of any possibility of him having a pro-Israel or anti-Israel stance, but because his whole history and stated positions are consistant with a person of integrity, vision, intelligence, great care about his country, and the rare ability to rise above the sort of biases and prejudices that are behind such charges.

    Whoever is elected president will inherit serious problems that no one person can “fix.”

    Yet if Obama is elected president it could be a turning point toward a renewed period of prosperity and respect for our country.
    If he is not, all I can say is “God help America” because we will have the leadership we deserve, but not the leadership we need.

    Comment by Alexander Censor — April 2, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  458. יאָ מיר קענען
    yo mir kenen!
    I support him because he strikes a chord with my Jewish soul. There is more to being kosher than what you eat.

    Comment by Robert Rose — April 2, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  459. Barack Obama has a rare combination of high intellect, integrity, courage and charisma which is inspirational not only to Americans but worldwide. I believe that can heal many of the wounds that Bush inflicted not only on our economy, national character and standing in the world but on our spirit.

    Comment by Madalyn Margoles — April 3, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

  460. I support Obama because I am impressed with his candor, ethics and integrity. He
    rises above mundane politics with utmost professionalism and refreshing honesty.
    His strong pro-Israel stance is very important to me and he enjoys a warm relationship with the Jewish community of Chicago, which knows him so well. He
    offers us a breath of fresh air,an escape, and a necessary change from the mucky mess we’ve been mired in the last seven years. Compared to Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Barack Obama is the only one with ethical standards.

    Comment by Cherie Rosenstein — April 3, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

  461. Linda Solomon
    West Palm Beach, Florida

    Comment by Linda Solomon — April 3, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

  462. Jennifer Stiller
    Haverford, PA

    Comment by Jennifer Stiller — April 3, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

  463. Obama strikes me as well prepared to lead us toward true tikkun olam because he has repeatedly shown that he deeply grasps, and is willing to do, tikkun nefesh.

    Comment by Donna Kirshbaum — April 3, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

  464. Katharine Powell
    New York City

    Comment by Katharine Powell — April 3, 2008 @ 7:40 pm

  465. Ben Roman, MD
    New York City

    Comment by Ben Roman — April 3, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

  466. New Haven, CT

    Comment by Matt Roman — April 3, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

  467. Brooklyn, New York

    I support Obama because he is inspiring us to get involved rather than simply telling us what he will do for us. He has shown that he can bring people together here in this country and offers the best hope for bringing people together in the Middle East for a lasting peace.

    Comment by Nicole Salk — April 3, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

  468. Cincinnati, OH

    Comment by Daniel Rabkin — April 3, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

  469. A deep thinker, able and willing to analyze and embody contradiction, a proven committment to serving the poor and disenfranchised, a man who stood out as a leader at Harvard Law School, this is a man whom I feel proud and excited to support!

    Comment by sharon boyd — April 4, 2008 @ 2:06 am

  470. Media, PA

    Comment by Lesley Bakker — April 4, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  471. While each candidate talks about change, Clinton & McCain only define change as achieving a different end result. They believe they can fight harder and maneuver “the system” better than others. But it also means they buy into the system in the first place.

    The change Obama offers is systemic… from the bottom up. Not only will the end results be different, but the way to achieving them will be different, too.

    One can only have a fight if both parties are willing to engage. Clinton and McCain pose themselves as fighters, for that’s how they view the world. With that view, how can there ever be peace– and not just peace in terms of the absence of war, but peace in the country, in the government, in cities, schools and homes? If you’re always looking to fight with or demonize those who disagree with you, how will that bring peace?

    Obama is the only one who really “gets it.”

    Comment by Micah Rubenstein — April 4, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

  472. Obama is the best candidate for a Strong Israel.

    Wynnewood, PA.

    Comment by Dan Loeb — April 4, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

  473. I support Obama because of his message of hope, change, and policies of enlightened leadership toward a better country and a better world.

    Sandy Shaw
    San Francisco, CA

    Comment by Sandy Shaw — April 4, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

  474. American Jewish University

    Los Angeles

    Comment by Rabbi Pinchas Giller — April 4, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

  475. Aryeh Canter
    San Francisco, CA

    Comment by Aryeh Canter — April 4, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

  476. I am no longer practicing Jew, but I am tired of receiving racist, hate mail from my Jewish friends who are on my mailing list. I am a most enthusiastic supporter of Obama, and I encourage others to join with me to have this man elected in November.

    Comment by Louise Glenn — April 4, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  477. I am a Jewish feminist, artist, grandmother,peace and environmental activist and originally from the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, that Sen. Obama and his family are from. I strongly and enthusiastically support Sen. Obama for the principals, strength, intelligence and experience he has and will bring to our country and the world as the next President of the United States. He has and will continue to express in action the process of “tikun Olam”.
    Wendy A. Rabinowitz,The Berkshires of Massachusetts.

    Comment by Wendy Rabinowitz — April 4, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

  478. Ft. Lauderdale FL

    Comment by Michele Kanarek — April 4, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

  479. I am a supporter of Barack Obama for President. I believe he will be a strong supporter of Israel. He is brilliant and open-minded. Two qualities sorely missing in the White House right now. He will do what is right for America at 3 AM or any other time of day. It is time for us to give him our support as American Jews.

    Comment by Gayle Gerson — April 4, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

  480. I agree with Barack that we should speak with our enemies like Iran. I wish Barack also argued that the same logic should apply to Hamas.

    Comment by Eddie Eitches — April 4, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

  481. I support Barack Obama because he is the only candidate that in my mind is the most qualified for the job. He is the only candidate who does not take money from lobbyists and the only candidate who has denounced the war in Iraq since its begining in 2002. Finally someone who has a level head and can actually think things out before acting. Who ever said “an honest man can’t run for president” should reevaluate thier statement. It is time America ended the war in Iraq and it is time America elected Barack Obama as its first African-American president!

    Barack Obama 2008!!! YES WE CAN!!!!

    Comment by Greg — April 4, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

  482. Jerry Porter
    Ardmore, PA

    Comment by Jerry Porter — April 4, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

  483. Obama’s sense from being an organizer makes him an effective doer who can work with people he disagrees with. Obama’s sense of the promise and potential of America makes him in the tradition of the prophets who ask more of us and expect much of us. That’s a leadership we urgently need

    Comment by David Cohen — April 6, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

  484. Portland, OR

    Comment by Joel Glick — April 6, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

  485. Barack Obama has tremendous integrity,intellect and purpose of mind. He is a dynamic orator and has the ability
    to reach a diversified group of people. I admire him greatly.I believe he will make a great president.

    Comment by Barbara Glenn — April 7, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

  486. Matthew K. Klutznick
    Sacramento, California

    Comment by Matthew K. Klutznick — April 8, 2008 @ 1:28 am

  487. San Francisco, CA

    Comment by Sandra L. Sarkon — April 9, 2008 @ 3:44 am

  488. Daniel Burstyn
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Comment by Daniel Burstyn — April 9, 2008 @ 7:52 am

  489. I support Barack Obama without trepidation because I think he’s the best candidate to lead our country forward.

    Comment by Eric Arons — April 9, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

  490. Obama is our future. Tikkun Olam!

    Rachel Amdur
    Havertown, PA

    Comment by Rachel Amdur — April 9, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

  491. Dana Stein
    North Brunswick,NJ

    Comment by Dana Stein — April 9, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

  492. Obama has provided Americans with a fresh and exciting vision. I believe in him and will vote for him.

    Comment by Susan Kagan — April 12, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  493. I support Barack Obama because he has higher consciousness and is a mensch. ‘nough said.

    Comment by David Forbes — April 12, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

  494. In the sixties, we, the survivors of the Holocaust, became Freedom Riders, suffered, and marched together with the survivors of the holocaust of slavery and Jim Crow. We did this because it was right. Now one man seeks to bring our society, all of us, together, into a future America that is not viewed through a racial lens, but rather through a new kind of vision in which the lens is made from justice.

    Comment by Robert Miller — April 13, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

  495. I was raised as a Jewish American to never fall for those who wish to manipulate fear, hatred or the ignorance of others for political gain. I was raised as a Jewish American to stand by and with fellow minorities and to reach out to those most different from me. I was raised as a Jewish American to stand and fight for what was right, whether it be equality, civil rights, the right to education and healthcare, opportunity and jobs that pay enough for people to live a quality life without having to work 3 jobs. I was raised as a Jewish American to stand for workers rights and those who could not speak for themselves. I was raised as a Jewish American to speak with respect always, hatred never, ignorance and from fear never, and to open my heart with compassion and empathy to even those who hate my people the most. I was raised as a Jewish American to stand with and give a piece of my heart to the African American community, to proudly stand together as conscious and patriotic Americans who care deeply about the direction of this place we call home. I knew, like many others when Bush was elected how disastrous this Republican agenda would be to creating an even more hostile and instable Middle East, I was aware of their motives for such a policy at home and abroad; well aware of the very wrong direction we would be taking. I voted for Kerry/Edwards and volunteered for John Edwards and have always supported both the Democratic Party and its Presidential Candidates. As a highly active young Progressive and Jewish Democrat I take no decision lightly, for many count on my opinion knowing well I fight for what I believe in. I have since John Edwards’s suspension fought to figure out where I thought our Party should go and have weighed the decision. Obama took John Edwards call to poverty seriously while I have seen no plan or incorporation of this into the Clinton campaign. On Israel and the Jewish community I have appreciated the hand reached out from the Obama campaign and Senator Obama, future President Obama, and now extend that hand back as I have in the past. Our party needs unity and real leadership, real change. I’m with Obama now because I know we can. I always have been and am inspired and dedicated to fighting with my fellow Americans for a better future, my community must now look deep within ourselves in America. I myself feel most Jewish supporting Barack Obama for President. I appreciate deeply the efforts I see here and will continue to become more involved. I do not distance myself from issues or things I am concerned about the direction of. I put a stake, and then I fight with everything I’ve got. I look foward to fighting with the Democrats and President Obama for the new direction my country so desperately needs.

    Sincerely,

    Jeremy K.
    A John Edwards Democrat

    and

    I Know WE Can!

    Lets Go Jewish Dems!! Kein Annu Yicholim

    Comment by Jeremy Kozyak — April 13, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

  496. I support Barack Obama because I he has made me believe in the potential of America again.

    Comment by Miriam Swedlow — April 13, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

  497. As a registered nurse and union activist I know we need a President who will listen to the needs of patients and workers.I am hoping and working for change. Let’s elect Barack Obama. Peace and hope. Si se puede.

    Berkeley, California

    Comment by Wendy Bloom — April 14, 2008 @ 12:29 am

  498. I deeply resent the false accusation whisper campaign.

    Comment by benjamin blom — April 14, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

  499. We owe it to the world, and ourselves, to make this truly “once in a lifetime” candidate our next President. He is a gift from G-d, I cannot believe this any more deeply and sincerely. We have lost ALL moral authority in this world. He is the only candidate that can try to get it back! It will take alot of work. But we survived the Shoah, we can do it……YES WE CAN!

    Comment by Dr Jason Choos — April 14, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

  500. I believe that the distortion of Obama’s background, experience, remarks and goals is either something that certain Democrats (supported by the Clinton Campaign) have done that will cause the Republicans to win, or something that the Clinton campaign has picked up from the Republicans who started these rumors to cause the Democratic party to self destruct. I used to think both Clinton (whom I supported for a long time) and Obama would make equally good presidents. However, with the lies and distortions of truthful remarks that have been spread by the Clinton campaign and the Republicans saying that Obama is elitist, anti-semitic and bad for the common man, for Jews and for Israel, I have come to believe that the only candidate who is really honest about the situation all of us are in, and therefore has the greatest chance of getting the US out of the mess we are in in the Middle East and the world, is Obama.

    Comment by Carol Popper Galaty, Washington DC — April 14, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

  501. I was born of a Jewish mother, raised within the faith and ushered into the tribe at the age of 13. I am veteran of the US Navy. I have been a union organizer in the State of Iowa for teachers and stagehands. I have been a community college instructor and a lawyer. I am white and over 65. I support Obama because his values are America’s values, and they are my values!

    Charles H Nadler
    Criminal Defense Lawyer
    Denver, Colorado

    Comment by Charles H Nadler — April 15, 2008 @ 12:32 am

  502. I have supported Barack Obama since he announced his candidacy; in fact, I’ve been carrying a messenger bag with the slogan “I Nominate Obama” on it for over a year. Senator Obama represents most closely the populism, the values, the spirit, and the personal background that I deem important in a candidate. The over-arching issue for me, however, is the war in Iraq. It is criminal that innocent civilians and soldiers as well are losing their lives to further enrich the wealthy and powerful. I am proud to be a Jew for Obama.

    Comment by Wendy Forman, Ph.D. — April 15, 2008 @ 6:09 am

  503. As a Jew I believe that Obama best stands for the traditions of our ancestors: social justice, inclusiveness, hearing all sides of a story, tolerance, peace.

    Comment by David Greenwald, PhD — April 15, 2008 @ 7:01 am

  504. I switched my support to Barack Obama when John Edwards left the primary race. He represents change, inspiration, and a chance to get many young people involved in the political process. I am 68 years plus, and a white female, and so am supposed to fit the profile of Hillary supporters, but I couldn’t be farther from that. I don’t think I have ever donated dollars to a campaign (I have donated time), but I think Obama’s worth it.
    I’m looking forward to an Obama presidency!

    Comment by Judy Katz — April 15, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

  505. Although I don’t necessarily agree with Obama’s AIPAC-friendly stance, I do believe we need to counter the vicious slander that emanates from the far-right Jewish community.

    Comment by Win Heimer — April 15, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  506. Support Obama- end the war- a government for Americans of all levels not only the corporations! Defend the environment, support education, help working people and the middle class.

    Comment by Dr. Steven G. Platt — April 15, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

  507. I support Obama because he is most likely to stand up to the Republicans and cowardly Democrats without shifting so far to the right as to be unrecognizable as a progressive.

    Comment by Ken Wachsberger — April 16, 2008 @ 8:08 am

  508. Miryam Ehrlich
    Warwick, Massachusetts

    I’ve lived long enough to see a forthcoming election in which one of the candidates will be my age, and the other (presumably) the age of my youngest son. I will be thrilled to vote for the younger man, a true spiritual progressive who understands, even if he doesn’t know the term, the imperative of Tikkun Olam.

    Barack Obama is truly a Just Man. He may well be our last hope for a turning toward social and economic justice in the world. Even his given name (the Arabic equivalent of the Hebrew “baruch”) seems prophetic.

    Comment by Miryam Ehrlich — April 16, 2008 @ 9:22 am

  509. Any Jew who went to Hebrew School in New York City where I live and grew up,should remember the power of the Jewish/African American bond.

    Comment by Jonathan Laufer — April 16, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

  510. As an African-American woman (not Jewish yet…but working on it), I support Sen. Obama.

    Comment by Rishona — April 16, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

  511. We desperately need a fresh approach to our government. Barack Obama offers both intelligence and inspiration, and he is in Israel’s corner. Jews should not be duped by the right wingers who are responsible for the anti-Obama emails that are circulating on the internet.
    Audrey Friedman Marcus
    Jewish Educator
    Denver, Colorado

    Comment by Audrey Friedman Marcus — April 16, 2008 @ 5:47 pm

  512. Ruth Kessler
    Burlington, MA

    I trust Barack Obama’s judgement. He is intelligent AND has common sense. He has an amazing life experience and I really get the feeling he “gets it”. I already feel inspired to participate not only in the elections, but in now reviving my long dormant volunteer activites, as my sons are fairly independent. He will be a friend to Israel. I am sure he understands the significance of that alliance.

    Comment by democratista — April 16, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

  513. Senator Obama is fully aware and sympathetic to the plight of all of those who suffer in the Middle East. He is a friend to Jews and will approach the peace process with a fairness that has long been missing from this terrible conflict.

    Comment by Elizabeth Zierah — April 16, 2008 @ 6:01 pm

  514. I support Barack Obama because he is the best candidate.

    Comment by Esther Pfeffer — April 16, 2008 @ 6:50 pm

  515. Barak’s first name is lightning in Hebrew!
    With G-d’s help he will be our bolt of lightning to bring our country back to us!!!
    Yasher Koach Barak Obama!!!!

    Leona Strassberg Steiner
    Jersey City, New Jersey

    Comment by Leona Strassberg Steiner — April 17, 2008 @ 11:51 am

  516. I am a retired physician.
    If this country is to succeed as a great nation among other industrialized nations, we must change our priorities: comprehensive health care for everyone; quality education, affordable for everyone; narrowing the income gap by increasing wages for the lower & middle income population; keep religion out of politics completely; get out of Iraq. My list can go on & on, but America needs a leader who can succeed in changing our priorities: Only Barak Obama can do this.

    Comment by Dr. Stan Whitman — April 17, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

  517. Steve Spencer
    Executive Director
    Brazilian Public Radio Association
    Rio de Janeiro

    Comment by Steve Spencer — April 17, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

  518. I’m a Jewish, progressive talk show host here in Denver/Boulder, Co and I support Obama 100%

    Comment by Jay Marvin — April 18, 2008 @ 3:48 am

  519. Jewish Cultural School & Society, West Orange, New Jersey

    Comment by Laura & Abbott Gorin — April 18, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

  520. It’s been how many years since Gene McCarthy and Chicago(?) that I have actively supported/worked for a presidential candadate…

    Obama has mobilized (remember that word?!) and inspired young people all over the globe, not to mention the US. So who am I to “blow against the wind?”…

    Just this vibe alone is enough for me to get involved again!

    Shalom all!!!

    Comment by Robert Feldman — April 18, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

  521. Can’t say any more than what has already been said, and much more eloquently than what I can say. I want to feel that passion again, and Obama delivers. I have hope again!

    Comment by Ron Orenstein — April 18, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

  522. I am Jewish. Michael, my husband, comes from a Quaker background. Our son married a young Hindu woman whose parents are from India. Our grandson, only three, is a part of all of us. My daughter-in-law’s sister married an African American man who comes from a Catholic background. So my grandson has an African American uncle and two young cousins. We are a global family. Different races….different religions…..I expect that Barack Obama will take care of all of America…. He will support Israel. He will attend to the needs of Darfur. He will be a President for the Earth. Passover is a time when Jews welcome strangers to our tables and welcome them as family. But for Barack Obama, there will be no strangers. Only family he hasn’t met yet. We are all in this together.

    Comment by Leslie Newman, MSW — April 19, 2008 @ 5:03 am

  523. Barack Obama will do a better job representing me than any politician I can imagine. He speaks to our tradition’s deepest yearning for social justice. Also, I want to see a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. We need fresh eyes and open minds working on this problem.

    Comment by Lee Diamond — April 20, 2008 @ 2:31 am

  524. McCain’s position of starting a war with Iran, inflaming tensions in the Middle East, will only make things worse for the people of Israel, who desire to live in peace with the Palestinians.

    Comment by Daniel Margolis — April 20, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

  525. I am so turned off by the lashon hara that has been circulated about Senator Obama. He’s obviously a mensch, his values are ours, and all of us should be supporting him–and telling our chaverim to do so as well.

    Gene Fidell
    Lawyer
    Washington, D.C.

    Comment by Gene Fidell — April 20, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  526. For the most part, the people who are smearing Obama in this respect are the same people who are equally ready to smear Jews. It’s the classic “divide and rule.”

    Comment by Joe Mabel — April 21, 2008 @ 10:53 am

  527. tikkun olam

    Comment by Jill Oserowsky Stanevich — April 22, 2008 @ 4:25 am

  528. I am Jewish and a supporter of Obama. It is really unfortunate that at a time that we are celebrating our release from bondage as a people,that there are those within the community who have not taken full advantage of the numerous liberties we enjoy in America, and have chosen to spend their time enslaving and oppressing another human being through lashon hara. The lashon hara needs to cease. It will only bring about the wrath of H-shem

    Comment by Nia Key — April 22, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

  529. I am a student. I supported Senator Obama two years before my mother got off the fence! I believe he supports and can unite people of all faiths. I believe he will create REAL Change and I believe one day that it will be possible to have a Jewish President because he will shatter all glass ceilings!
    I am glad I am old enough to leave a comment on this site; I wish I were old enough to VOTE in this election. My mother has taken my sister and me to the polls since we were babies. Like Senator Obama I appreciate all the little pieces of me, because I come from a VERY diverse family.

    Comment by Jacob Schwartz — April 25, 2008 @ 3:54 am

  530. I am for Obama because the pro-War media is not.

    Comment by Thomas Pritchard — April 25, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

  531. I just came back from volunteering for Obama in Philly. So there I was on Sunday, sharing my pb&j on matzoh with my Nigerian-born canvassing partner (I warned her it wasn’t called the “bread of affliction” for nothing). Later that day, I was chatting with a West Indian volunteer from the Bronx, who’d just been to her first seder, courtesy of the Jewish host family the campaign had found for her. She loved the matzoh-ball soup.
    On a more serious note, like at least one other signer, I wish the influence of AIPAC on all our politicians could be mitigated. The American Jewish community is not a monolith, and AIPAC is does not speak for us all. I hope that when he is in office, President Obama will listen to organizations like Brit Tzedek v’Shalom rather than — or at the very least in addition to — AIPAC.

    Comment by Jeanne Heifetz — April 25, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

  532. I believe that Obama is sincere and give us hope for a better future.

    Comment by Denyse Demner — April 27, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

  533. Perhaps he uses different words but I hear Obama repeating time after time the sentiment of “NEVER AGAIN”.

    Comment by Nancy Goldhaber Knight — April 27, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

  534. Anne Wedner
    Winnetka, IL

    Comment by Anne Wedner — April 28, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

  535. As a passionate supporter of Barack Obama, I believe, along with my entire extended family, that he would be a transformative president; a man who would raise the image and spirit of American in the eyes of both the world and of ourselves.

    Comment by Lisa Hochheiser — May 1, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

  536. Daniel M. Knapp
    Atlanta, GA

    Comment by Daniel Knapp — May 1, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

  537. i was so delighted to read about this Web site. I was the one that wrote a letter to the editor at the WJW questioning their assumption that the majority of Jews voted for Clinton during the Capital Primaries. I have been watching Senator Obama for years perhaps at first intrigued by his first book. When I read his second book, he not only sounded thoughtful but a student of history and political process. He also take a moderate stance on certain issues such as this crazy idea to have a gas tax holiday. When I hear that he is the most liberal in Congress, I really have to question that statement. Liberal is not a bad word but I am a baby boomer and have have become more moderate. However when it comes to social issues (I went back to get my MSW with a specialty in health and am graduating this month), I am even more aware and passionate about the need for change not only with our fractured health care system, but our whole political discourse. We of all people should be aware of discrimination, feeling disenfranchised and even misunderstood as far what kind of Jews we are which is diverse in and of itself.

    The best yet is that younger men and women are getting involved in this election. Being a 2nd generation American, I was raised that voting and standing up for what you believe is a privilege as well as a right. I stronly support Senator Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States!

    Comment by Rona Elias — May 2, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

  538. I support Barack Obama because he is one of the most honest politicians we have had in a long, long time.

    Comment by Norman Narotzky, Artist, Barcelona, Spain — May 2, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

  539. Obama is a mensch. Need I say more?

    Warren Stolusky

    Potomac, Maryland

    Comment by Warren Stolusky — May 2, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

  540. Rona
    Columbia, MD

    Comment by Rona Elias — May 3, 2008 @ 6:57 am

  541. I support Barack Obama because he is inclusive, bringing diverse groups of people together around a policy orientation that will be good for the United States of America. He also supports positive US global engagment that will serve our national interests, our security and our economic interests, and aligns with our humanitarian values. He is trustworthy and honest and he is expanding the numbers of people in the body politic. The Obama campaign is indeed about hope and action! I agree with number 544 that he is a mensch.

    Comment by Stephen Horblitt — May 3, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

  542. At this critical juncture in our history, both at home and abroad, I believe that Barack Obama is the only candidate who has, by virtue of his own personal experience, the insight, the reasoned judgement and the moral leadership and integrity (something new in politics) that we need right now! I strongly support Senator (and soon to be) President Barack Obama!

    Comment by Dori Gelt-James — May 3, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

  543. Washington, DC

    Comment by Joan Eisenstodt — May 3, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

  544. Barack Obama has the intelligence, the thoughtfulness, the quiet consideration which I trust. All of what has been said by others in this statement I heartily second, and I shall cast my vote this time with real pleasure for the best person to occupy the presidency of the United States.

    Comment by Joan Carl — May 4, 2008 @ 3:09 am

  545. Ted Hochstadt
    Falls Church, VA

    Comment by Ted Hochstadt — May 4, 2008 @ 8:43 am

  546. Sam Dress
    Sherman Oaks, CA

    Comment by Sam Dress — May 4, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  547. Arlington, VA

    Comment by Robin Cook — May 4, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

  548. For the first time since Jack Kennedy we have a truly inspiring candidate for the presidency of the United States, and I’m afraid we’re about to lose him. I say “we” not only because I’m an American, but because even though only fellow Americans vote in this election the fate of the whole world depends on our choice. Internal US problems, whether economic or regarding civil rights, pale before those of war and peace, of safeguarding the birthright of our planet and of providing sustenance for the millions of needy around the world.
    After so many years of incompetent, selfish leaders, we finally have hope. Millions of people across the country, even across the world, have felt in this young man, Barack Obama, the possibility of change, the possibility of saving our world before it’s too late. But this ideal, this hope, is in great danger of being sidetracked by racism.
    Perhaps because the specter of this ancient demon is so totally foreign to Obama that it is so difficult for him to deal with. Innuendo and the unsaid are the WMD of bigotry. Hillary and Bill Clinton have insinuated that he’s too black, and now Reverend Jeremiah Wright says he’s not black enough. I don’t know how we’re going to do it, or even if we can do it, but we have to try. He needs and deserves our help, as we certainly do his.
    David Wasserman
    Rognes, France

    Comment by David Wasserman — May 5, 2008 @ 4:14 am

  549. I am a Jewish Republican. This is the FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE that I have felt this kind of movement or have donated money toward ANYONE’s campaign. We need his insight and youth in a world that is falling apart from the “old ways”. YES WE CAN!!!!!

    Comment by Annie Kaplan — May 5, 2008 @ 9:07 am

  550. I am so proud to call myself an Obama supporter. I think he brings the change we need in Washington. I believe he will represent my needs and fight for the issues that are most important.

    Comment by Molly Simpson — May 5, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

  551. Besides being an extraordinary person, BarackObama has integrity that one rarely sees in a person vying for political office. I do not see any of it in Mrs. Clinton.

    Comment by Franklin Feldman — May 5, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

  552. Barack Obama is definitely a friend of Jews and has proven he has the courage to face down political trends and fasionable ideas that may seem to some politicians in a moment of passion to be politically expedient. In the long term when passion rules it is never wisely, so when politicians rush to judgement the judgements are almost invariably just bad ideas, bad policy. Whether it’s the so-called ‘gas tax holiday’ or the rush to war in Iraq, Obama has proven he has the moral backbone to do what is right for for Jews, for Israel and for the world.

    Comment by David Aaron — May 6, 2008 @ 9:06 am

  553. Yey!

    Comment by Arkady Goldinstein — May 6, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  554. Barack Obama has impressed me by doing his best to keep his campaign on the high road. It hasn’t been easy and it’s going to get even harder; I hope he can sustain a positive campaign. I wish Hillary had done the same – it would have been a refreshing break from the negativity and character assassination of American politics. If I had any lingering doubt about who was the better leader for our times, Hillary’s shameful behavior has certainly dispelled it. I’m even more persuaded that Obama is the man we want in the White House. This would be a REAL change.

    Michael Feldman
    Portland, Oregon

    Comment by Michael Feldman — May 7, 2008 @ 1:14 am

  555. He’s a mensch!

    Comment by Barbara Keiser — May 7, 2008 @ 2:56 am

  556. Leslie Newman, MSW & Michael Newman, LCSW

    Lost family in the Holocaust.

    Las Vegas, NV

    Comment by Leslie Newman, MSW and Michael Newman, LCSW — May 7, 2008 @ 3:24 am

  557. Dan Greenberg
    Tel Aviv

    Comment by Dan Greenberg — May 7, 2008 @ 3:34 am

  558. Washington, DC

    Comment by Rebecca Melsky — May 7, 2008 @ 5:48 am

  559. Finally a leader who is not afraid of the truth, ‘a man for all seasons’ and all
    reasons. A man who willingly crosses boundaries and reaches out to all who came
    to this country whether hundreds of years ago or just recently to achieve what they
    could not begin to reach for from whence they came. Barack Obama is that man.

    Comment by Patricia Friedberg — May 7, 2008 @ 7:40 am

  560. It is time to bring an articulate, inspirational and thoughtful leader to the White House. Obama represents the hope of the American dream and speaks to all minorities in this great country that anything is possible if you are tenacious and set your sites on the common good. His campaign has run like a well-oiled machine fueled by a clear vision, excellent personnel and above all, integrity. I am proud to be one of his supporters and look forward to helping him build a bridge to the Jewish community.

    Comment by Beth Schafer — May 7, 2008 @ 8:29 am

  561. Our ONLY chance for Peace in Israel

    Seth Allen
    Livingston, NJ

    Comment by Seth Allen — May 7, 2008 @ 9:09 am

  562. Barack Obama will be America’s Mandela

    Yes. Please include me in the ad.

    Fred & Ronnie Bernard, Boca Raton,Fl.

    Comment by Fred Bernard — May 7, 2008 @ 9:52 am

  563. Ronald Shiffman, FAICP, Hon. AIA
    Brooklyn, New York
    New York City Planning Commissioner [1990-1996]

    I support Obama for his vision, intellect and ability to mobilize people at the base. His ability to bring us all together be we the children of Abraham or of other religions and beliefs or non-believers. I sign the letter with one reservation and that is that in pointing out that Obama is not a Muslim we do that not to in any way denigrate that religion but to set the record straight. The same way that if some one accused him of being Jewish we would want to correct that misstatement.

    Comment by Ronald Shiffman — May 7, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

  564. A proud supporter,

    Ruth E. Kessler
    Boston, MA

    Comment by just me aka democratista — May 7, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

  565. Rosalyn Levy Jonas
    Bethesda, Maryland

    Comment by Rosalyn Levy Jonas — May 7, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

  566. Obama is the best thing that’s happened to American Politics in the last forty years!!

    Comment by Josh Rosenblatt — May 7, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

  567. Senator Obama can unite our country and be a respected President of the United States.

    Gary F. Jonas
    Bethesda, MD

    Comment by Gary F. Jonas — May 7, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

  568. Newton, MA

    Comment by Elyse Rosenblum — May 7, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

  569. Paul Yarowsky & Kate Grumbach, Bethesda, MD

    Comment by Paul Yarowsky — May 7, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

  570. Raised conservative, now a practicing agnostic. One thing I do believe: Barack Obama will be good president for our country. It doesn’t require a leap of faith to believe in the intelligence, fairness AND goodness of this politican.

    Comment by janet rose pearlman — May 7, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

  571. Nashville, TN

    Comment by David Bloom — May 7, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

  572. Obama’s approach to foreign policy will not only help the United States improve its drastically declining image around the world, it provides a reasonable approach to dealing with the Middle East and will be far more beneficial to all countries, including Israel. It is silly to think that to “obliterate” Iran will help Israel in any regard, and that unilateral bullying by the United States for Israel does anything but hurt it.

    Comment by Charles Schulman — May 7, 2008 @ 7:28 pm

  573. The world needs this man. Senator Obama is an intelligent man, father, husband, but most importantly, he is a man of color. He knows what it is to be a minority, we in the USA need someone who is not a member of the “ol boys” club. We need a real person and Senator Obama is the one we need.

    Comment by Rachel McMillan — May 7, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

  574. Obama is not afraid of the truth

    Comment by Fred Weil — May 7, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

  575. Change is needed. Obama will bring change!

    Cape Coral, Fl

    Comment by Carol Conhaim — May 8, 2008 @ 9:39 am

  576. It is very important the protect the social gains we have achieved through the High Court.

    Comment by Beatrice Breiner — May 8, 2008 @ 11:09 am

  577. As a Jew I understand scapegoating of all races. I believe Obama understands this only too well as well and will be supportive of less divisiveness between us all.

    Half Moon Bay, California

    Comment by Linda Bencangey Goldstein — May 8, 2008 @ 11:34 am

  578. Obama is the right man at the right time to right the wrongs of this Republican administration.
    Gilbert Toperoff
    Oak Park, IL

    Comment by Gilbert Toperoff — May 8, 2008 @ 11:39 am

  579. A man like Obama comes around only once in a generation or two. Long overdue, I’m proud to support Obama, a man with the qualities we desperately need during these difficult times.

    Comment by Mark Fleischman — May 8, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

  580. Barak Obama represents a long overdue opportunity for the US and the people of the Middle East to create meaningful progressive dialogue and action towards the quest for peace. He deserves our united support.

    Comment by Neal Rabin — May 8, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

  581. Obama inspires me to do more to bring goodness into the world.

    Comment by Meira Warshauer, composer — May 8, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

  582. please sign me up as a supporter

    Comment by Jo-Ann Mort — May 8, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

  583. Sarah Mushlin
    Oakland, CA

    Comment by Sarah Mushlin — May 8, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

  584. I have hope for our future if Obama becomes President.

    Comment by nancy margulies — May 8, 2008 @ 3:40 pm

  585. you’re a hottie!

    Comment by colin daniel shotwell — May 8, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

  586. Barack Obama has already shown his potential to help heal the rifts between Blacks and Jews, Arabs and Jews, White and Black and Brown America. He is a profoundly thoughtful and moral man who has earned our support through his constancy of purpose and vision for a better America and a saner world.

    Comment by albertg — May 8, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

  587. I also support Barak Obama for President.I recently visited Iran, and my experiences there reinforce the need for change in the US. Iranians are enthusiastic about what they believe America stands for and are confused by the current administrations actions. We need to send a signal to Iran, North Korea, Libya , Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world that America is returning to the values we once were respected for representing. I believe Obama can begin that process.

    Comment by karenquinta — May 9, 2008 @ 12:23 am

  588. It’s heartening to see these wonderfully supportive messages from my fellow Jews. I recently read somewhere a quote from Barack that talked about the various postive qualities and examples that come to mind when he thinks about Jews. I was flabbergasted (in a good way) to see that one of the first people he mentioned was Phillip Roth! Roth has been among my 3 or 4 favorite writers since I was in high school. I regard figures like Roth, Malamud, Grace Paley, I. B. Singer, Lenny Bruce, the Yiddish Poets, Buber, Heschel, Hannah Arendt, Emma Goldman, Achad Ha’am as my “oves” (yiddishized hebrew for ancestors). They’re smack in the middle of the prophetic tradition of speaking truth to the power of inertia and hypocrisy. These are Jews who, no matter how much they identified, were often distrusted if not entirely rejected by “mainstream” or conservative Jewish community. Remember how Roth was vilified when Portnoy’s Complaint came out? Now that he’s won everything short of the Nobel, he’s been more or less accepted as an actual Jew. On top of everything, I gotta say than another reason I love Barack is that the man is *hip* I can think of no other candidate on whose radar Phillip Roth would appear. If Lenny Bruce were alive, he would definitely add Barack to his brilliantly constructed list of “who’s Jewish” Remember? To paraphrase, it included items like: “if you live in New York you’re Jewish, even if you’re Italian. If you live in Boise, you’re goyish, even if you’re a Jew.” So in memory of all the hip Jews from Abraham Abulafia on, I say, with love and respect, Barack *is* Jewish!

    SF Bay Area
    Co-founder, Traveling Jewish Theatre

    Comment by Corey Fischer — May 9, 2008 @ 1:46 am

  589. Eric London
    Bethesda, MD

    Comment by Eric — May 9, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

  590. We represent 3 generations of Jews who are 100% in support of Obama and CHANGE! We must speak TRUTH to POWER and help all Americans understand the fundamental changes Obama can bring to help heal this country.

    SUE COHEN
    ROCKVILLE MD

    Comment by SUE COHEN — May 9, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

  591. I support Obama

    Matt Rogers
    Buffalo NY

    Comment by Matt R — May 9, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

  592. Stuart Kasdin
    Santa Barbara, CA

    Comment by Stuart Kasdin — May 9, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  593. Barack ha-gever asher yivtach b’Hashem!

    BTW, the official store on the Obama ’08 website now has:
    ST26745-50 Hebrew Barack Obama 2-1/2″ Stickers
    BT21991 Hebrew Barack Obama Buttons – 2-1/4″
    BS26748 Hebrew Obama ’08 Bumper Stickers
    A site called Zazzle.com has t-shirts with “Barack Obama ’08″ in Hebrew letters.

    Comment by Marsha B. Cohen — May 9, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

  594. It saddens me when I hear fellow Jews say, “I won’t vote for a Black man.” We were there to march with our counterparts in the Black community during the Civil Rights Movement. Today Barack Obama exemplifies the values that are needed to bring us together for the betterment of our country both at home and abroad.

    Comment by Sheila Goldberg — May 9, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

  595. David Tatelman
    Seattle, WA

    Comment by David Tatelman — May 9, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

  596. Clare Oaks
    San Francisco, California

    Comment by Clare Oaks — May 9, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

  597. Scottsdale, AZ

    Comment by Jonathan Portnoy — May 9, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

  598. Lisa Gold and family
    Westport CT

    Comment by Lisa Gold — May 9, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

  599. I endorse Barack Obama with all that I am — in all of my jewishness. He’s the man!

    Comment by Jennifer Korff — May 9, 2008 @ 6:50 pm

  600. There is only one person who is not confrontational, will surround himself with bright people, and will not continue the belligerent policies of the current administration. We need a new direction for this country and not one invested in power or the same agenda. Vote for Obama and get us back where we belong.

    Comment by norman goldberg — May 9, 2008 @ 8:06 pm

  601. Baltimore, MD

    Comment by Susan B. Weinstein — May 9, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

  602. May God continue to bless Barack and protect. Thank God for this man, who will make a change to this country. I ask everyone to support with him. No N

    Comment by Bromfield — May 9, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

  603. Barak Obama supports what we as a people have fought for ages: social justice, religious freedom, support for Israel, and putting wisdon into constructive action in this country and the world. The time has come again after too many mean seasons.

    Peter R. Cohen
    Rockville, MD

    Comment by Peter R. Cohen — May 9, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

  604. Last time we had brains in the White House, it was Bill Clinton. Can’t remember the last time we had integrity. With Barack Obama, I think we’ll have both.

    Comment by Linda Goldman — May 10, 2008 @ 12:19 am

  605. Brian G Arens
    New York, NY

    Comment by Brian Arens — May 10, 2008 @ 1:23 am

  606. Bob Natt
    Easton, CT

    Comment by Bob Natt — May 10, 2008 @ 8:13 am

  607. Obama is our best hope for international respect and peace.

    Comment by Theodore Schmidt — May 10, 2008 @ 9:19 am

  608. I believe Senator Obama is a hero for our time, a star out of our background of political mediocrity.
    M.W. Goodman, M.D., former CDR,MC,USN

    Comment by Mike Goodman, MD — May 10, 2008 @ 9:32 am

  609. Karen Silver,
    Bronx, New York

    Comment by Karen Silver — May 10, 2008 @ 10:16 am

  610. Just what we need. Intelligent, passionate, cultured, compassionate, committed and articulate. Obama is wise enough to surround himself with appropiate people to fill the gaps where he is lacking experience.
    Really is… time for a change. Hopefully he can salvage this country.

    Comment by susan lipsett — May 10, 2008 @ 11:40 am

  611. Marshall S. Solomon
    Chicago, IL

    Comment by Marshall S. Solomon — May 10, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  612. Obama’s candidacy embodies “tikkun olam” for me. I’m seeing people of all ages, races and religions unite in the hope that this country can rise above petty divisions. I believe that he is a steadfast supporter of Israel, but more importantly, he is someone who can help promote peace in the Middle East.

    Comment by Erica Farrell — May 10, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  613. Happy 60th to Israel.

    Comment by Dr Irving Epstein — May 10, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

  614. I am a Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, a 59-year-old Jewish woman, and I haven’t supported anyone this passionately since Robert F. Kennedy ran for office in 1968. Obama gives me real hope that our nation can emerge from this long nightmare of the Bush years into a truly golden age, a much greater fulfillment of our best potential, offering inspiration and positive leadership to the world. God willing!!

    Comment by Sandra Lillie — May 10, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

  615. My husband and I have been avid supporters of Senator Obama since we were fortunate enough to meet him and his wife last summer when they were campaigning in Iowa. We live in Cleveland, Ohio, but we decided to drive to Iowa since that was where we felt we could meet the candidates up close. We went to a small town in the middle of nowhere and I am sure we were the only Jews for a couple hundred miles. After his stump speech, Obama answered questions and a lady was questioning him about his support of Israel. She was very clear that she was supportring the Palestinian point of view and she continued to press him, but he remained firm in his consistant support of Israel. As an American Jew, I am proud to support him not just because he supports Israel but because I believe he is what we need for the good of our country.

    Comment by Nancy Abraham — May 10, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

  616. With a name like Barack (Hebrew origin), how can you not vote for Obama?

    Comment by David Zukerman — May 11, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  617. Another Jewish-American for Obama here: I had the privilege of meeting and hearing Senator Obama here in New Hampshire last summer and was moved to go ringing doorbells on his behalf in January. He inspired, never tore anyone else down and, I believe, has the capacity to lead our great nation back to greatness once again. Right-wing conservative support has not brought Israel closer to peace; I believe that will require a new approach, and I believe Barack Obama represents that new approach.

    Comment by Bradley Stolzer — May 11, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

  618. The time is now for Obama!

    For the U.S., the Middle East and, yes, the world!

    He represents the best of Jewish values.

    Comment by sidney topol — May 11, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

  619. Especially given the policies of the past eight years, which accelerate in significant ways a continuation of those since Kennedy, we need someone leading the US with a new way of looking at the world, its nation states, and its people, and resolving conflicts in ways that reflect the realities of the 21st century. Obama is the only candidate this year that can do that.

    Comment by Roger and Diane Kahn — May 11, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

  620. The right man for the right time

    Comment by Fred Weil — May 11, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  621. He makes me believe that there are still some people in positions of power that put the needs of others first.

    Comment by Daniel Isenberg — May 11, 2008 @ 6:18 pm

  622. Berkeley,CA

    Comment by Bobbie Steinhart — May 11, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

  623. Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by Susan Witkovsky — May 11, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

  624. I view Barack Obama’s work and actions in his career thus far, to be shining examples of Tikkun Olam. To me, his focus on inclusivity, empowerment of each individual in the political process, willingness to listen to all sides, social action, care for others, refusal to play “dirty politics”, honesty, and personal accountability reflect that which is the best about America. How fortunate we are to have a human being of his caliber to be running for President.

    I have never doubted his support for Israel.

    Comment by Judith Dale — May 11, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

  625. Proud to add my name to this AD and am thankful that we in the Jewish community
    who support Obama are able to counteract the messages sent out from the
    so-called “Pro-Israel” factions. Furthermore we are also able to dissociate
    ourselves from the racism that has unfortunately been introduced into our
    Democratic Party during this campaign. Obama, the “inexperienced” candidate
    outorganized and fundraised during this election leaving the “experienced
    candidate surprised and at this point funding her own campaign. Obama is on
    the way to winning the nomination and November will not be a piece of cake.
    We will have our work cut out for us-convincing Clinton supporters that this
    was a democratic election and that McCain cannot become President.

    Comment by Ruth M. Willner — May 12, 2008 @ 2:37 am

  626. I firmly and humbly believe that Obama will establish a sense of dignity and respect to the White House that will serve to restore our sense of pride as citizens and regard for our nation in the eyes of the world.

    Comment by Elaine Bernstein Partnow, author — May 12, 2008 @ 6:58 am

  627. Merrick,NY

    Comment by Brooke Simon — May 12, 2008 @ 7:00 am

  628. Obama is a righteous gentile and a mentsch.

    Jordan Ash
    St. Paul, MN

    Comment by Jordan Ash — May 12, 2008 @ 9:05 am

  629. Michael Bauer
    Chicago, IL.

    Comment by Michael Bauer — May 12, 2008 @ 10:20 am

  630. San Pedro,CA

    Comment by Julia Parker — May 12, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  631. As the survivors of centuries of persecution, mass murder and countless acts of discrimination, we Jews always seek ways to make this world a better place for children. The most important single action we can take now is to see that the political leadership typified by Barak Obama is given the opportunity to redefine what our country stands for, that we treasure all the world’s children as our own and that being a world leader means more than exercising diplomacy at the end of a gun barrel.

    Comment by Larry Steinhart — May 12, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

  632. Baruch Obama!
    Nate Krefman

    Comment by Nate — May 12, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

  633. I always thought that I would be a staunch supporter of Senator Clinton if and when she ran for president because it is important to me that my daughters and granddaughters see that our country is a place where people are chosen by their character and committment and not their gender. So it is for this reason that I am supporting Senator Obama. I truly believe that he is someone who does not come along in every generation and I want our country to benefit from what he has to offer in terms of leadership, committment and values.

    It is painful to me to read some of the baseless attacks on Senator Obama, particularly those aimed at the Jewish community and strong supporters of Israel. I have found nothing in all of my readings about Senator Obama’s writings and speeches about Israel to make me doubt his committment.
    I hope that the Jewish community will see through these out of context quotes and bloggers’ harangues and see that it is in the interest of our country and of Israel to elect Senator Obama.

    Comment by Francine Weistrop — May 12, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  634. Seth Winick
    Austin, Texas

    Comment by Seth Winick — May 12, 2008 @ 10:57 pm

  635. Dr Irvin Epstein

    Comment by dr. irvin epstein — May 13, 2008 @ 7:58 am

  636. In his vision for America, we also see a vision for a new Middle East as well: committed to the safety and security of Israel, but committed as well to a just and thriving state of Palestine — which would ensure the survival of Israel as well.

    Comment by Michael and Barbara Furstenberg — May 13, 2008 @ 9:23 am

  637. Barack Obama gives me hope that our country could truly contribute to making a better world.

    Comment by Sylvia Israel — May 13, 2008 @ 11:45 am

  638. Harvey L. Myman
    Los Angeles, California

    Comment by Harvey L. Myman — May 13, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

  639. Cindy Ossias
    San Francisco, California

    Comment by Cindy Ossias — May 13, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

  640. I wasn’t sure whom I was going to vote for until my brother sent me some information on Barack Obama. I read the information and listened to what he said about Israel and working on Mid-East peace talks again, and figured he was the best choice for me. I’m proud to be a Jew for Obama!

    Comment by Amy S. Bright — May 13, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

  641. I support Obama!!

    Comment by Sherri Moses — May 13, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  642. Garrison Paykel
    Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin

    I have been supporting Senator Obama from the time he started his campaign. As a very proud Jew, to me Senator Obama will not only support Israel, but as importantly he will bring back dignity and honesty to the White House. America will again be looked at with respect by the world community .
    This is the first campaign I have actively participated in since President Kennedy.

    Comment by Garrison Paykel — May 13, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

  643. As an American and as a Jew, I am proud to support Barack Obama. He will be good for our country and for the world. He will be good for Israel and for the Jewish People. He will restore our standing in the world and start returning America to a sustainable foreign, economic, and energy policy, which will help lead to peace among all peoples.

    Comment by Thomas Beck — May 13, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

  644. This is the first election of any kind that has caught my attention and held it. There is no other choice for our people…and as a citizen of the world, that means all people, Jewish or not. But, when you’re for Obama, the whole world is Jewish.

    Comment by SteveOssias — May 13, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

  645. Katie Ehrlich

    Centerport, NY

    Comment by Katie Ehrlich — May 13, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

  646. I would openly vote for a woman for President, just not Ms. Clinton. I disagree with her on too many issues, and to be honest just don’t like who she is as a person. I would have voted for Pat Robertson of the Christian Coalition or Ross Perot before her, if that is extreme enough for you on how much I dislike the Clinton Machine.

    I, as a retired disabled veteran, respect Mr. McCain but also feel there will be no real changes if he were elected president. I do disagree with Mr. Obama on a few issues surrounding the right to bear arms and am a proud member of the NRA myself, but outside of that I find him to be a breath of fresh air who, if given the chance, will try to make a difference in Washington.

    Bleddyn Cynfyn
    Henrietta, Texas

    Comment by Bleddyn Cynfyn — May 13, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

  647. I support Obama because I want to believe that America is that good!

    Comment by barbara harshav,Translator — May 14, 2008 @ 3:38 am

  648. Please add my name to this list.

    Obama is far more likely to make a substantive and informed attempt to reach agreements that can move the Middle East towards less conflict. Clinton thinks too much within a box that has not worked, and looks too much at the latest polls.

    Philip Ehrensaft
    Pine Bush, NH

    Comment by Philip Ehrensaft — May 14, 2008 @ 10:29 am

  649. Both I and my Wife, Estelle, are caucus candidates for Obama in Washington State, Clark County and declare here for all to see that we feel Obama is a real and righteous mentsch.

    Comment by Frank Mazurkiewicz — May 14, 2008 @ 10:52 am

  650. I liked Barack Obama, but I thought he was a little too inexperienced. Then Hillary had a fictional episode on network television.
    During this entirely-too-long-campaign, the worst mistake Barack Obama made was in attending a church whose pastor is antisemitic. That is not Mr. Obama’s stance.

    Comment by Ari Blumenfeld — May 14, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

  651. Obama is a gift, not a dream, a ‘Bobby’ Kennedy that epitomizes all that is America. Please take your gift ,my American friends, and be blessed with astonishing peace of mind and pride; smile at the future, embrace this man; he is your salvation, your path out from the grip of cultural bereavement.

    Comment by Mark Golding - Children of Iraq Association — May 15, 2008 @ 8:53 am

  652. Bhupinder Walia
    Medical Doctor
    Tulsa, OK

    Comment by Bhupinder Walia — May 15, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

  653. As an American Jew and as the wife of an Israeli, I whole heartedly support Senator Barack Obama. I look forward to his honesty, integrity, vision, intelligence being reflected in our US government. We need that here in America and Israel will benefit from that as well. His commitment to Israel is solid – it always has been and it will continue to be – I have no doubt.
    I am angered by the fear-mongers including our current President who try to scare Jews and Israelis away from Obama. I am frustrated when I hear American Jews or Israelis repeat some of the ridiculous lies made about Obama and to hear that they still think those things are true. I was really disturbed today to learn from a woman I know with family in Israel that her family there has heard he’ll be the next Hitler. That is disgraceful! I always encourage everyone to listen to the words that come out of the candidate’s own mouth to evaluate them instead of believing false things they have read or listened to that were made by fearmongers, racists, or political pundits who support the other candidate.
    We all want peace in the middle east and a secure future for Israel. Barack Obama is the candidate who will be best able to work with the players in the middle east to make progress there. I pray that Jews from both America and Israel will see that, stop feeling afraid and embrace the gift we have in Barack Obama and what he brings to the table.

    Comment by Susan Nisinzweig — May 16, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

  654. Shouldn’t Jews all over America be drawn to a visionary? Someone who will change the dangerous path our country has gone down the last seven years is overdue. We cannot afford another four years of the same policies being offered by the McCain/Bush ticket. As I travel all over the world I find that people in other countries are disappointed in us…where are the Americans with the “can do” spirit? the moral center?
    Lets help our country get back to that with Sen. obama

    Comment by larry broome — May 16, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

  655. Our country needs someone with the vision that Obama offers us.
    Let’s hope it comes to fruition. . .

    Comment by Fred Finkelstein — May 16, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

  656. Jessica Litwak
    New York, NY

    Comment by Jessica Litwak — May 16, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

  657. Jupiter,FL

    Comment by Gloria Ordover Sapiro — May 16, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  658. I am happy to be able to join this thoughtful and positive effort to show that there are many Jewish supporters of Senator Obama.

    Comment by Peggy Sand — May 16, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

  659. I support Senator Barack Obama for President.

    Comment by Brad Fox — May 16, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

  660. Obama is exemplary in principle, intellect, and a passion to unite this country. His impact can be global, for the benefit of Jews, Muslims, Americans, Israelis, Palestinians, and the overwhelming majority of people who cherish the same values and are tired of being divided by fearmongering, extremism and absolutism.

    http://blog.peaceworks.net/2008/05/obama-and-the-jews/

    Comment by Daniel Lubetzky — May 16, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

  661. Larry Weinberg
    Mclean, VA

    Comment by Larry Weinberg — May 16, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

  662. Obama – OUT OF ALL SENATORS in the U.S. Senate has the best votes in support of Israel. What the fear-mongerers are doing is unfair and scaring us to vote for John McBush!

    Gari Senderoff

    Comment by Gari — May 16, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

  663. Marianne Steiner
    Washington DC

    Comment by Marianne Steiner — May 16, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

  664. Sioux Falls, SD

    Comment by Ken Schatz — May 16, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

  665. Ann Chaitovitz, Washington, DC

    Comment by Ann Chaitovitz — May 17, 2008 @ 9:16 am

  666. I am a Jew and I whole-heartedly support Barack Obama and his commitment to freedom, integrity, compassion, and peace.

    Comment by Nell Minow — May 17, 2008 @ 10:33 am

  667. HE’S THE ONE!!!!!! WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A HEALER NOT A DIVIDER!!!!

    Comment by doralu chanen — May 17, 2008 @ 11:07 am

  668. It’s been a long time since I felt I could vote for someone who would truly provide the vision, character, and leadership that we need, as Jews, as Americans, and as members of a global community.

    Comment by Jeffrey Harris — May 17, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  669. Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    Recent graduate of FSU

    Comment by Allison Davis — May 17, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

  670. I support Obama

    Comment by Morton Vallow, MD — May 17, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

  671. I am a non-observant Jew who supports Obama wholeheartedly and have done so ever since I read his memoir. I can vote for him with even more enthusiasm than I had when I had the privilege of voting for John F. Kennedy. How many times in a lifetime does such an opportunity come along?

    Comment by Herbert Lindenberger — May 17, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

  672. I support Obama because he knows how to manage, has ideals that are respectful, well-thought-out and intelligent. I could be proud of him in international circles–a big improvement!!! He and Michelle appear to be compassionate, truthful and sharp people. Finallly, our president could understand issues and gather intelligent minds around him in order to govern by consensus.

    Barbara Rose, Marriage, Family and Child Therapist

    Comment by Barbara Rose — May 17, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

  673. I support Mr. Obama because he appears to be concerned about the well-being of all Americans.
    He is the right person for these difficult times, rational, compassionate and innovative. After 8 years of Bush we need someone in Washington who represents us, not the big donors to the Republican Party.

    Comment by david wasserman — May 17, 2008 @ 8:40 pm

  674. If not now, when? …

    Harlan Goldberg
    Professor
    Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by Harlan Goldberg — May 18, 2008 @ 3:03 am

  675. As a Jewish American mother and a self-employed lawyer who represents disabled workers, I know that Obama is the best candidate to move our country in the direction that is necessary and clean up the mess that Bush has created. The politics of fear are insulting and Bush’s transparent remarks in Israel last week were offensive. Obama represents the diversity of the citizens of our country and when he is elected President of the United States of American we will show the world that Americans support a man who will govern with integrity and honor and do what is best for not only Jewish people, but all Americans and citizens of the world.

    Marla A. Joseph, Esquire
    Ambler, PA

    Comment by Marla A. Joseph, Esquire — May 18, 2008 @ 9:43 am

  676. Susan Roth
    Roth PR
    North Bethesda, Maryland

    Comment by Susan Roth — May 18, 2008 @ 11:17 am

  677. Susie Zimmermann
    Bethesda, MD

    Comment by Susie Zimmermann — May 18, 2008 @ 11:28 am

  678. New York, NY

    Comment by Lila and Walter Croen — May 18, 2008 @ 11:36 am

  679. I am Jewish and a loyal supporter of Obama

    Comment by Suzanne Lubell — May 18, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

  680. Deborah Kligler Krasnow
    White Plains, New York

    Comment by Deborah Kligler Krasnow — May 18, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

  681. Barack Obama will make a great President and a fine and decent leader of the Free World.

    Comment by Paul Freeman — May 18, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

  682. Obama is the only honorable, consistent, principled candidate in this race. His ability to embrace all people, of all backgrounds, defines the foundation on which our country was built; to infer otherwise is hypocritical mockery.

    Comment by Marcia Mindell — May 18, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  683. I support Barack Obama for President. His statements and actions show he will be a loyal supporter of Israel. He’s honorable, smart, capable and the right person for this time in our history. He will move the country in the right direction, bringing us back into the community of nations and at the same time, able to fight the real threats that exist in our world today.

    Comment by Joanne Tanner — May 18, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

  684. We believe that Barack Obama is the best candidate to be the next president of the United States. He is uniquely qualified to bring our country together and well-equipped intellectually and with good judgement to return our country to a respected leadership position in the world. We need him to be president for our children and grandchildren.

    Comment by Deborah & Robert Gitchell, Ames, Iowa — May 18, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

  685. I support Barack Obama because we need to be inspired again!

    Comment by Lee Framer — May 18, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

  686. YES. Barack Obama could bring an unprecedented side to peace negotations that seem impossible at the moment. OF COURSE HE SUPPORTS ISRAEL … are you kidding???? Go for it.

    Comment by Erna Ziegler — May 18, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

  687. I am very glad to have the opportunity to express my heartfelt support for Barack Obama. I am also glad that there is a forum for Jews to be able to show their support. I am hoping that somehow this information can get filtered back to the mainstream Jewish community.

    I am very concerned about the way that Jews have been used as a pawn in this election season, with President Bush making such abominable statements in Israel that are supposed to foster fear in the hearts and minds of Jews, and rumors and inuendos that circulate so falsely about Barack Obama. My own in-laws, who are “liberal” and Democratic, have bought some of the negative press. Somehow, we need to turn this around so that when we are in full-swing presidential election campaigning, the mainstream Jewish population in this country can join this exciting and wonderful vision of President hopeful Barack Obama.

    Pamela Faith Lerman
    Albany, NY

    Comment by Pamela Faith Lerman — May 18, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

  688. The survival of democracy requires comprehensive policies,not ad hoc fraudulent fixes. Obama is a listener who understands the species of which we are all part. That helps.

    Comment by Ron Hosen — May 18, 2008 @ 10:53 pm

  689. Hinei ma tov uma na’im shevet achim gam yachad!

    Comment by Nathan Feinerb — May 19, 2008 @ 2:25 am

  690. I do everything I can to make sure Senator Barack Obama will be our next president. He’s represented my family in Chicago for the past decade and they love the work he’s done. His passion for learning from people with different skills and ideas and his leadership skills are already doing so much good for our country. His sensible approach to diplomacy will do great things for the world. Every rabbi I know in Brooklyn and Chicago supports Senator Obama!

    Comment by Justine Henning — May 19, 2008 @ 5:57 am

  691. I endorse Obama for his ability to waken millions of people from their stupor and get them involved in the political discussion. A country engaged in conversation is the true strength of our democratic ideals.

    Comment by Marilyn Tawfik — May 19, 2008 @ 7:11 am

  692. At this time, America needs a great man to lead it-, a man with both a great head and a great heart. Obama has all the earmarks of that man. Steven Umin

    Comment by Steven Umin — May 19, 2008 @ 7:54 am

  693. Senator Obama is the best candidate for President of the United States and will allow United States to restore its reputation in the world community.

    Comment by Elizabeth Hewitt — May 19, 2008 @ 7:57 am

  694. Yes, we can be true to America and to Israel without pandering to our fears, hatreds, and greed, and Obama is the President to lead us into a new chapter in world history.

    Comment by Jared Gardner — May 19, 2008 @ 7:59 am

  695. We are extremely proud to support Barack Obama as our candidate to be the next president of the United States. It is so sad to see what has happened to our country in the last eight years. We completely trust Obama to lead us back to a position of respect worldwide and to make things better for every citizen of the United States. His support for Israel is strong and always has been. Go Barack!!!!

    Comment by Sandra Gordon & David Leibowitz — May 19, 2008 @ 8:02 am

  696. Stephen Trask
    Lexington, KY

    Comment by Stephen Trask — May 19, 2008 @ 8:02 am

  697. I support Barack Obama because our country needs him at this time. We need his inspiration to galvanize people to become invested again in this country’s democratic process. We need his wisdom to focus our foreign policy in ways which will preserve this country’s leadership as well as our good will in the Middle East and beyond.

    Comment by Sally Rappeport — May 19, 2008 @ 8:07 am

  698. Obama represents all that is good in America -He is a JUST man

    Comment by susan gardner — May 19, 2008 @ 8:22 am

  699. Myrna Livingston Hewitt
    Tucson, AZ

    Comment by Myrna Livingston Hewitt — May 19, 2008 @ 8:52 am

  700. John P. Hewitt, Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology, UMass/Amherst

    Comment by John P. Hewitt — May 19, 2008 @ 8:54 am

  701. Deaf jews for Obama!

    Comment by Jeff Rosen — May 19, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  702. I support Obama, and I happen to also be a Jew.

    Comment by Jonathan Rolbin — May 19, 2008 @ 9:53 am

  703. Robert A. Klayman
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Robert A. Klayman — May 19, 2008 @ 9:56 am

  704. I believe that Barack Obama is an inspirational leader who can unite the country. I believe that he is a friend of Israel

    Comment by Ann Peyser — May 19, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  705. Comment by David Zukerman — May 19, 2008 @ 10:38 am

  706. Obama’s smart, well-organized, inspired & inspiring, gracious, equitable, far-sighted, new blood, and learns fast–not much more we could ask for.

    Comment by Jason Weiss — May 19, 2008 @ 11:24 am

  707. As a professor of American history and a strong supporter of Israel, I am proud to give my name on behalf of Barack Obama. I am fed with up the outrageous comments made about him, not least his alleged lack of support of Israel. May he become our next President.

    Howard Segal
    University of Maine
    Orono, ME

    Comment by howard segal — May 19, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  708. Obama is a brilliant, rational, moral, and truly inspiring leader. If he is president, the world will undoubtedly change for the better.

    Comment by Barrie Cole — May 19, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

  709. Obama would be a great president.

    Comment by Jamie Boschan — May 19, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

  710. Barack Obama is a leader who can represent all people, regardless of religion, in the direction this country so desperately needs.

    Comment by Mariel Stern and Matthew Benjamin — May 19, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

  711. Matt Cole
    Wilmette, IL
    Parent, Grandparent and Educator

    Comment by Matt Cole — May 19, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

  712. We need a strong leader for America who is honest and can negotiate in a straight-forward way with other nations – I believe Barack Obama is the one who can do this.

    Comment by Rona Eisner — May 19, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

  713. Barak Obama is a person of integrity and without question the best candidate.

    Comment by Rabbi Robert Gluck — May 19, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

  714. A vote for Obama is a vote for peace- in Israel and around the world.

    Comment by susie greenwald — May 19, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

  715. Mother

    Comment by Emily Vera Epstein — May 19, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

  716. I support Sen. Barack Obama. I am looking forward to his winning the Democratic nomination and his proceeding to unite, with Hilliary’s help, the Democratic party.

    Comment by Judy Krakow — May 19, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  717. I am a Jew and I am an American. As a Jewish American, i find Obama’s values toward domestic and foreign (especially Israel) harmonious with those I have been taught. We need Barack Obama as President.

    Comment by Sue Marx Smock — May 19, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

  718. For the cause of peace and prosperity in America, Israel and the world, Barack Obama is the best.

    Comment by Alexander Joseph Pomerantz Kasper — May 19, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

  719. I endorse Barack Obama. He is an honorable man that deserves to be president. He is also the best candidate. I have had the pleasure to meet him. I hope that he will win.

    Comment by Leslie Silbar-Jaffe — May 19, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

  720. It is time to get this country back on track. Sen. Obama’s openness and enthusiasm give us the best chance to do this in a generation. By bringing new, young voters into the system, he is reinvigorating American democracy.

    Comment by Gary E. Sherman — May 19, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

  721. Edward Labaton
    Lawrence, New York

    Comment by Edward Labaton — May 19, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

  722. Laura Labaton
    Lawrence, New York

    Comment by Laura Labaton — May 19, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

  723. Marilee Cole
    Wilmette, IL
    mother, bubbe, teacher
    I believe Barack Obama has the vision, the intelligence, and the dedication to bring our country to a new place. I believe he will work for justice, here and in Israel. As a Jew, I could not ask for a better candidate.

    Comment by Marilee Cole — May 19, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

  724. Out of the present candidates, only Barack Obama holds the promise of bringing about the healing and repairing this country so desperately needs.

    Comment by Laurence Koross — May 19, 2008 @ 10:16 pm

  725. I look forward to helping ensure the election of President Obama in November.
    Efrat Levy, Albany, New York

    Comment by Efrat Levy — May 19, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

  726. Rachel Altmann
    Corbett, Oregon

    Comment by Rachel Altmann — May 19, 2008 @ 11:02 pm

  727. I am happy to be a part of this and will forward to other Jewish supporters.

    Comment by Karen B. Patou — May 20, 2008 @ 1:00 am

  728. Mr. Obama represents the hightest ideals for me, capturing the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olum.
    With him at our helm, we can begin to heal the world!

    Comment by Devorah Buzil — May 20, 2008 @ 7:11 am

  729. I heartily support Barack Obama. He is a man of intelligence, vision, and sensitivity. He knows what it is like to be an outsider, which will go a long way in uniting diverse groups of people.

    Ronda Frank
    English Teacher
    Chicago, IL

    Comment by Ronda Franks — May 20, 2008 @ 7:41 am

  730. His voting record and his video clips being captioned are strong indications of Obama’s sensitivity and understanding of all peoples including the Jews and people with disabilities. After eight years of insensitivity and ignorance, we need an EFFECTIVE leader in Obama!

    Comment by Alfred Sonnenstrahl — May 20, 2008 @ 7:54 am

  731. Charleston, South Carolina

    Comment by Jodie Rosenblum — May 20, 2008 @ 8:47 am

  732. It’s long overdue for us to change our relationships with each other and the world at large. Barack’s the one that can make this happen.

    Comment by Randy Baygood — May 20, 2008 @ 9:01 am

  733. Jessica Mervis
    St. Louis, MO

    Comment by Jessica Mervis — May 20, 2008 @ 9:09 am

  734. Ronald Buzil
    Illinois

    Comment by Ronald Buzil — May 20, 2008 @ 9:16 am

  735. Marcy Oppenheimer
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Marcy Oppenheimer — May 20, 2008 @ 10:20 am

  736. Robert Robbin
    Attorney
    Brooklyn,N.Y.

    Comment by Robert Robbin — May 20, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

  737. Sharon Greenberg
    Education Consultant
    Menlo Park, California

    Comment by sharon greenberg — May 20, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

  738. What amazing things happen with a little bit of hope!

    Comment by Harriet Feder — May 20, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

  739. Washington, DC

    Comment by Annette Klayman — May 20, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

  740. Comment by Dr. PREMRAJ PUSHPAKARAN — May 20, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

  741. Go ObAMA

    Comment by Jodi Baygood — May 20, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

  742. Obama is not only good for Israel but will unite us all!

    Julie Goldman
    Phila., PA

    Comment by Julie Goldman — May 21, 2008 @ 8:29 am

  743. Harold Goldman
    Phila., PA

    Comment by Harold Goldman — May 21, 2008 @ 8:38 am

  744. I am thrilled you are the frontrunner and can not wait to continue working for you when you are a nominee.

    Lilyan Levant

    Comment by Lilyan — May 21, 2008 @ 11:25 am

  745. I support Barack Obama because of his integrity , honesty and vision for the country. I believe that he genuinely supports Israel, not just in name but in a real way. His ability to articulate the country’s hopes and dreams in such an articulate meaningful way is really healing and extraordinary. His speech on race was the most courageous speech I have heard from a politician or a President of our country.

    Comment by Deborah Luxenberg — May 21, 2008 @ 4:49 pm

  746. I fully support Senator Obama for President. He takes a realistic, yet supportive view towards Israel. He also has a practical world view.

    Comment by Terry Oberstone — May 21, 2008 @ 7:09 pm

  747. Mazal Tov Barack! Chazak Chazak V’nitchazek! Go from strength to strength!

    Comment by Rabbi Michael Adam Latz — May 21, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

  748. Yasher Koach!

    Comment by Brian Judd — May 21, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  749. All the way with Obama!

    Josie Lindau
    Sleepy Hollow, NY

    Comment by Josie Lindau — May 22, 2008 @ 8:22 am

  750. Saul M. Olyan
    Providence, RI

    Comment by Saul M. Olyan — May 22, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

  751. I support Barack Obama.

    Comment by Andrea Gail Kahn — May 22, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  752. Obama’s experience of growing up in different countries and experiencing different cultures appeals to me as a Jew who feels like I straddle being Jewish and American.

    Comment by Dan Bernstein — May 22, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

  753. Steven Beller
    Author and Historian
    Washington, DC

    Go Obama!

    Comment by Steven Beller — May 22, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

  754. My whole family lives in Chicago. We all strongly support Obama. He has voted pro-Israel on every bill since he was in the Illinois Senate through his time in the U.S. Senate. PLUS, he will not appoint extreme right-wing judges to the Supreme Court (Roe vs. Wade would be toast under McCain).

    Comment by Chris Rose — May 22, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

  755. I support Senator Obama for the nomination and hope he will be the next president of the United States of America.

    Comment by Jonathan Feinn — May 23, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

  756. I support Barack Obama is the person which wants to make peace in this world.
    B. Obama listens to the ideas of the population.
    Its goal is to live in the world without war and violence.
    Barack, man who meets first of all peace and dialogue.
    Obama, of long life.

    Munyemana Viateur
    Belgium

    Comment by Viateur — May 23, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

  757. We are proud to support Barak Obama.

    Comment by Al and Faith Zubasky — May 23, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

  758. I added my mother’s name in addition to mine. She will be 95 in July. Her health is beginning to fail, but she moved here from Texas and does not want to die while Bush is in office. She was raised by immigrant parents, Orthodox Jews who survived pograms in Russia and Poland. Now she is motivated to stay alive until November to vote for Obama. She says she will not benefit from the positive changes he will make in our country, but her children and grandchildren will. She even feels her great-grandchildren will benefit, although they live in Canada.

    Thank you for setting the record straight. The Civil Rights movement was successful because all minorities united. When Jewish people, African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims and Christians fight along side each other for true peace and equality, change did and will happen. Those of us who share the dreams of our founding fathers and Martin Luther King will see the other side of the mountain here on earth.

    Joan Deutsch Herczeg

    Comment by Ida Deutsch and Joan Deutsch Herczeg — May 24, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

  759. The so-called divide between Obama and Jews is a construct. I challenge anyone who espouses the notion that there is a divide between Jews and Obama. It is a furtherance of the construct that Blacks and Jews don’t get along. This construct is a divide and conquer technique. The reality is that Blacks and Jews have a long history of working together for change, and, during the civil rights movement of the 1960′s, they locked arms and stood shoulder to shoulder and accomplished just that.

    Of all the Jews in my circle of family, friends and acquaintances, I know of only one who won’t even consider supporting Obama. There’s always one meshuggener in der mishpocha, and that’s the one that gets quoted.

    We now have a chance to choose someone who speaks with integrity about bringing this country together, ending the divisive rhetoric, and talks intelligently and honestly as though Americans can understand and participate together in addressing the challenges we face as a Nation.

    Robert Kahn

    Comment by Robert Kahn — May 24, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

  760. I support Barack Obama because of his commitment to furthering the evolution of the human race, which includes Jews, Christians, Muslims and everyone else. He is a unifier and a visionary with the potential to raise consciousness, and that is a great gift. God willing, he will be the next President.

    Comment by Laura Bernstein — May 25, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

  761. Psychotherapist
    San Francisco, CA

    Comment by Phyllis Shulman — May 26, 2008 @ 12:28 am

  762. Alan Miller
    Film/TV Editor
    New York City

    This is an historical moment in American history, and Barack Obama is a unique, once in a lifetime candidate. He deserves our support.

    Comment by Alan Miller — May 26, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

  763. I trust Obama to defend Israel. He is not a Muslim, a radical Islamist.

    He is a Christian American.

    He does not suport the views of Lewis Farrakhan or Jeremiah Wright.

    I feel more frightened of John McCain and question his mental stability.

    Comment by Lisa Veronin — May 26, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

  764. Barak Obama is the only candidate with the abilty to cure our nation’s ills . . . to bring us together to move toward a better future. As an American and as a Jew, he has my full support.

    Ricki Shine
    Greenville, South Carolina

    Comment by Ricki Shine — May 28, 2008 @ 7:43 am

  765. I support Obama because he not only has the judgement to lead our nation, albeit belatedly, into the 21st century, but he presents an impeccable character that has rarely ever been seen in any prominent politician. Throughout history, we have seen how our presidents reflect the mood of the time. JFK inspired the idealism of the 1960s, Eisenhower the complacency of the 50s, and Bush, who has sparked discontent within the American populace, which feels like he is not concerned about their interests and focuses more on the richest 2% of Americans. John McCain, to his credit, has been honest about his unpopular policies, but has succumbed to, despite his “maverick” image, the dirty politics that breeds partisan gridlock and complacency. Obama has an 100% voting record in accordance with AIPAC, and I know that he, unlike Bush, will be honest with Israel about policies that are not best for them and not give in to religious taboos and fear of losing the Jewish political constituency or being labeled an anti-Semite or anti-Zionist. He has an intricate understanding of the true state of foreign affairs, and will support Israel unconditionally, but tell it when it is doing wrong, like Olmert has done for Israel. It is possible, despite what the cynics say, to appoint a cabinet dedicated to your goal of unity and and creating a new kind of politics, turning dream into reality. John McCain has ashamedly promised four more years of George Bush, and we as a subelectorate should be ashamed of ourselves if we let racial prejudice and fallacious Islamophobia and ignorance get in the way, like a large sector of Jews have done.

    Comment by David Pernick — May 29, 2008 @ 9:16 pm

  766. He has a good mind and a heart that’s in the right place. Pretty much the opposite of McSame. The challenges facing us are huge and he is our only hope for meeting them. Kol tuv, Obama!

    Comment by Michele Feingold — May 29, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

  767. I support Barak Obama because John McCain has demonstrated repeatedly that he does not understand the complexity of the Middle East.

    Comment by Wylie Goodman — May 30, 2008 @ 3:07 am

  768. The effort to tar Obama as anti-Israel or anti-Semitic is in the worst tradition that has polluted our politics under both Bush presidencies. Obama offers a genuine opportunity to reverse that slash-and-burn approach and engage the country in a real and honest debate over our future.

    Comment by Richard Gross — May 30, 2008 @ 8:01 am

  769. Michael Reich
    Berkeley, California

    Comment by Michael Reich — June 3, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

  770. I look forward to having a President who presents a more civilized face to the world and who addresses the terrible problems before us in a rational and humane manner. Baruch Barack!

    Comment by Robert Markfield — June 5, 2008 @ 12:48 am

  771. The following is a letter I sent to a friend prior to the Wisconson primary.
    Shabbat Shalom Glorichka,

    I want to tell you why I am supporting and voted for Barak Obama,

    He is inspirational and intelligent and has liberated all blacks, women, Native Americans, Latinos, Jews and all who have felt discrimination in US society by running above the color of his skin. Inspiration, when it comes from a positive place, is the beginning of Ruach Hakodesh.

    I don’t believe he is doing this as a strategy but because he is that kind of a person. For him to be where he is today, even if he does not get the nomination, is a blessing for US democracy. Given what the US has undergone in the last 8 years it needs blessings.

    When Michelle Obama said recently “ I am trying to be as authentically me as I can be” I was reminded of a Hasidic tale,

    Someone once told Reb Lavie Yitzchak of Berditchev that he doesn’t believe in God. The Berdtichiver responded “ the God you don’t believe in I don’t believe in either” I believe that Reb Lavi Yitzchak was teaching us that we have to come to know God by the way we experience higher consciousness in our daily lives. He would not have used that terminology but probably would have said ‘the way we know God is by feeling God in our daily living’

    Democratic Presidents who have pressured Israel on various issues were following a conscience and not a pro Arab bias.

    I too would love to see a woman President of the US and of at least half of the major corporations in the US. Yet fate has brought us to have to make a choice. My conscience tells me to support Obama and that’s why I’m writing.

    Feel free to forward this to anyone else in Wisconsin or in any other states that have yet to vote.

    Love, Charlie

    Comment by Charles Roth — June 5, 2008 @ 8:05 am

  772. New York, NY

    Comment by Symi Rom-Rymer — June 5, 2008 @ 11:04 am

  773. As a rabbi, I am proudly, enthusiastically supportive of Senator Obama’s candidacy. I encourage you to read my pro-Obama articles on my Blog, http://www.kurtfstone.typepad.com

    Comment by Rabbi Kurt F. Stone — June 11, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

  774. Irvine, California

    Comment by David and Geri Sandor — June 13, 2008 @ 12:07 am

  775. As a life-long Democrat (proudly from a family that for 60 years was among the leaders of the Democratic party in New York) and ardent supporter of Israel, I wholeheartedly endorse Senator Obama — a man of vision, ideas and independence. The fear mongering and distrust among Jews, who should be supporting Barack as a beacon of hope and light, should cease. There is simply no evidence at all that he will not be an ardent and faithful supporter of Israel. In fact the Bush-McCain policies have made Israel weaker in that they have simply strenghtened the extremists.

    Comment by Ted Steingut — June 13, 2008 @ 7:12 am

  776. I fully support Senator Obama along with many of my close friends, including Uturner. I am tired of the highest office in this land being used as a scurrilous chance to profit and make war. I do not feel that Senator McCain offers viable change that is so badly needed in our country.

    Comment by Harold Faust — June 13, 2008 @ 11:05 am

  777. George Bush has been Israel’s worst “best” friend. By weakening the United States economically, militarily and in stature, he and his aministration’s dangerous and amaturish policies and actions have encouraged terorism, destablized the entire Middle-East, and left the United States unable to influence, let alone direct, the course of events. The alienation of our natural allies, within and without the region, has left israel more exposed than at any time in the recent past. Cheap dollars and expensive oil have enriched those who would seek to humble the US and destroy Israel. It takes little to understand that any Democrat iwould govern better better than any Bush-ite, or as in the case of McCain–a pretender to independence–Bush-light. Senator McCain, please listen, it does matter when the troops come home and your inability to understand that, the danger to the Nation, and to israel, is why I have decided to vote for Senator Obama for President.

    Comment by Andrew S. Fisher, Esq. — June 13, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

  778. This is not a Jewish question. This is an American matter. The country is in the dump. Obama may be the [erson who can change things. I don’t know but I think he should have the chance.

    Comment by Henry (Hank) Goldstein — June 13, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  779. Stephen Greenblatt
    Cambridge Massachusetts

    Comment by Stephen Greenblatt — June 15, 2008 @ 10:03 am

  780. I want the Constitution back.

    Comment by linda broessel — June 16, 2008 @ 9:50 am

  781. Lauren and Glen Howard
    Washington, D.C.

    Comment by Lauren and Glen Howard — June 19, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

  782. He is Americas best hope to restore our moral integrity and financial stability

    Comment by Otto A Grossman — June 20, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

  783. He is our only hope to repair this nation.

    Comment by Roberta Hellman — June 20, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  784. I am an American Jew living in Israel and I support Obama because he is pro-America and pro-Israel.
    Avi Hein

    Comment by Avi — June 26, 2008 @ 9:35 am

  785. We support Senator Obama.

    Comment by Felyce & Marvin Thomas — June 26, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

  786. Obama is a rare politician. He is not only eloquent and inspiring, but possesses a keenly analytic mind and composure under pressure. These qualities alone make him by far the best candidate. His background gives him a richness of experience not often seen in candidates for any office.

    I would, however, caution those who view him as a saint or a savior. He is simply a man–a man of rare qualities, and, like the rest of us, his share of foibles as well. I think that if we do more than vote for him–and by that I mean working with him through what will be an enormously difficult time in office–we will all be better than we were eight years ago, when we were saddled with the lowest common denominator in government we have known.

    Comment by les peetz — June 27, 2008 @ 3:45 am

  787. Denver, Colorado

    Comment by Faye Bernstein Diamond — June 27, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  788. I support Barack Obama because his story is my story and his vision gives me hope for the future of this country

    Comment by Malaika — June 30, 2008 @ 12:31 am

  789. I believe he is the best candidate to restore some ethics in American government.

    Comment by betty comora — July 3, 2008 @ 9:05 am

  790. Obama will govern for the good, not for profit!

    Comment by Melvin & Leslie Richtel — July 4, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  791. Obama is strong on Israel and strong on peace. Enough said.

    Comment by BARBARA KATZ — July 7, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

  792. I support Obama because I believe he has the will to listen and the intellect and the moral compass necessary to reclaim the ethical stature that until recently was the hallmark of America.

    Comment by Louise W. Wiener — July 22, 2008 @ 7:50 am

  793. St.Louis,MO
    Currently serving in Germany in the US Navy.
    I believe Obama will be a great Commander-in-Chief

    Comment by Jonathan Peskind — July 22, 2008 @ 11:25 am

  794. I support Barack Obama.

    Ilya Rubinstein
    Brooklyn, New York

    Comment by Ilya Rubinstein — July 22, 2008 @ 11:19 pm

  795. Howard B. Gallas
    Reno, Nevada

    A vote for Obama is a solid vote for peace in Israel and throughout the world!

    Comment by Howard B. Gallas — July 25, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

  796. Barack Obama will be a great president for us here in the USA as well as our friends and allies around the world!

    Comment by Michael Krauss — July 28, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

  797. Alfred H. Moses
    Washington, DC

    Comment by Alfred Moses — July 30, 2008 @ 6:40 am

  798. After watching and listening to John McCain’s campaign over the past few weeks, I am more and more convinced that he is not “more of the same,” he’s actually worse and worse, and I believe his would be a presidency as derisive, devisive and destructive as his campaign. Mr. Obama, on the other hand, has been consistent, thoughtful, and dignified, with a maturity of judgment on a broad spectrum of issues, not least of which was his absolutely correct assessment of the consequences of our invasion of Iraq. Regardless of age and “experience,” I believe Mr. Obama has greater maturity and more wisdom than Mr. McCain.

    Comment by Gary Levkoff — July 30, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

  799. Mr. Obama offers so much talent, so much character, so many of the human values that we in Judaism embrace deeply. May G_d bless him in this election and in his future work to revive the stature of our great country in the world. He has my deepest prayers and support.

    Comment by Donna Lopez — August 1, 2008 @ 12:17 am

  800. Washington, DC

    Comment by Joan S Wessel — August 4, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

  801. I’ve been with the Obama campaign from the start, led a “Havdalah for Obama” in DC, and will dance in the streets on Inauguration Day, proudly as a rabbi and a leader in the Jewish community!

    Comment by Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb — August 5, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

  802. Bloomfield Hills, MI

    Comment by Carolyn R Greenberg — August 6, 2008 @ 8:59 am

  803. I support Obama for the changes he’ll bring to this troubled nation.

    Comment by Judy Goodfriend — August 6, 2008 @ 10:44 am

  804. We are in our mid-60′s, and are committed American Jews who are looking forward to January 20, 2009, when Barack Hussein Obama will take the Oath of Office for the President of the United States of America and will proudly recite: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” He will then proceed to make the difference, and the changes, that our country so desperately needs to rescue our Constitution, our reputation and our very lives.

    Comment by Jan and Gary Helper — August 6, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

  805. I felt that Obama was the best candidate, but without time or resources to perform in depth research, I was a bit apprehensive about jumping on the bandwagon. Still, I have contributed to his campaign twice and voted for him in the California primary.

    Knowing that the American Jewish community is behind him, based on their thoroughly capable discernment, sets my mind at ease and fills my vote with confidence. Additionally, should Obama fall from grace as president, I know the Jewish community will be among those holding him accountable; something so desperately needed to balance our Democratic government again.

    Comment by Jennifer Jones — August 7, 2008 @ 11:08 am

  806. Vote for change – maybe we can reinstate mental health programs, focus on education and not war and feed OUR poor.

    Roz and Larry Rogers
    Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

    Comment by Roz and Larry Rogers — August 7, 2008 @ 11:37 am

  807. As president of the United States, Barack Obama can restore dignity to this great nation. At that time we’ll all be able to sing “I’m proud to be an American”.

    Joy Beightol
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Comment by Joy Beightol — August 11, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

  808. From the moment I heard Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, I would be our president someday. His optimistic and realistic views shine through his genuine personality. If change is what we need, Obama is the man to bring it.

    Comment by James — August 12, 2008 @ 11:28 pm

  809. It’s all been said above – but I can’t figure out how to submit my signature without filling in this space!

    Comment by Joan Espen Dowling — August 13, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

  810. Claremont , CA

    All said above.

    Comment by Cantor Paul A. Buch — August 14, 2008 @ 1:24 am

  811. I don’t want to repeat all of the wonderful comments said above, but I do want to add my voice to those who strongly support Senator Barack Obama and look forward to the day when he will be inaugurated as the President of the United States of America. I hope to see many of you in Denver later this month.

    Senator Patrice Arent (ret.)
    Utah Senate and House member 1997-2006
    Utah Democratic National Committeewoman-elect
    Former Vice President-National Association of Jewish Legislators
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Comment by Senator Patrice Arent (ret.) — August 14, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

  812. Exceptional morality is our Jewish heritage. Barack Obama exudes the moral high road in all he says and does.

    Comment by S Daniel Bagley — August 15, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

  813. Barack Obama, the candidate for social justice and equality.

    Comment by hedy ratner — August 16, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  814. This country is in desperate need of change, nationally and globally. I feel that Obama will get the respect internationally, that is finally needed to initiate these changes.

    Comment by Francie Pinkwater — August 16, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

  815. As Gerald Ford provided light following the dark days of Richard Nixon, so will Obama bring a ray of sunshine back to our wonderful country.

    Comment by Marion Goldstein — August 16, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

  816. I am Jewish and I am an American and I believe that America cannot be a meaningful friend to Israel if it loses the respect of other nations and its self-respect by abandoning the principles upon which it was founded. After 8 years we must and can change. That is why I support Barack Obama.

    Comment by Debra Millenson — August 16, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  817. I believe that this country is in desperate need of change and that Barack Obama is our only hope. He is a leader that will make me proud to be an American. His values are those that this country was built on, though we’ve gotten so far away from them with the current leaders. I have complete trust in this man and know that he will assemble a fantastic cabinet to help him to get this work done.

    Comment by Lynne Weber — August 16, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  818. WE NEED CHANGE AND OBAMA IS THE MAN TO DO IT!!

    Comment by jill gomberg — August 16, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

  819. We need this man to lead us out of a desperately dark time. We’re more than ready to see America, once again, be part of the world community, representing compassion, integrity, and respect for human rights.

    Comment by Annie Fox — August 16, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

  820. In Chicago, if you’re plugged in politically, you get the word on the street on Obama. That word is mensch.

    Comment by Michael L. Millenson — August 16, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  821. I cannot think of one reason to elect a Republican due to the way Republicans have mishandled everything for the past 8 years. Obama is a person who comes along once in a lifetime — he is everything Bush is not!

    Comment by Marvin Beskin — August 16, 2008 @ 11:17 pm

  822. Obama is our only hope to regain our country!!!!!!!!! He has the inteligence, the calmness, and the ability to get people together which we sorely need. He has the foresight to listen, to weigh what he hears and come to conclusions, and when he finds more information which should change his conclusions, he has the strength and dignity to change his mind. He does NOT follow the dictum of “I would rather be consistent than right!”

    Comment by Joan Carl — August 17, 2008 @ 5:15 am

  823. Obama’s world view is consistent with Jewish values. We need to elect him to start Tikkun Olam.

    Comment by Eric Rosenthal, MD, MPH — August 17, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

  824. Geneva, Switzerland (and yes we DO expect our absentee ballots to be counted)!

    Comment by Marla Petal — August 17, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  825. Honolulu, Hawaii
    I believe that Barack Hussein (blessing the good) Obama is just what we need after the current administration. He has not only read the constitution, but he understands it, and taught it. He is intelligent, thoughtful, spiritual, an understands our human, social, environmental, civil, and constitutional rights more than any politician I have ever heard. His core goals revolve around sustaining the environment, educating and protecting children, our health, improving the economy, cleaning up our corrupt government (i.e., stop our laws from being written by big companies) and helping to bring prosperity and peace to the rest of the world and not just to America. I believe and am certain that he is “the one” of our times to lead us towards better treatment of each other and the world. He possesses the humility to do this because he understands how to bring the right people together to accomplish each task and does not claim that he can do it on his own: he asks for help. Keep praying for this change. I am!!!

    Comment by Emma Littman — August 18, 2008 @ 1:20 am

  826. Obama is the only choice for president, he is our only hope.

    Comment by Susan Myers — August 18, 2008 @ 5:02 am

  827. in your heart you know he’s right.

    Comment by Elle Fara Cahn — August 18, 2008 @ 7:37 am

  828. Pittsburgh, PA

    Comment by Eliza Mayo — August 18, 2008 @ 10:31 am

  829. Obama is clearly the choice if we want to save the United States and the American people from total destruction.

    Comment by Nina & Bob Wolfson — August 18, 2008 @ 10:53 am

  830. The values that Senator Obama embraces and the policy positions he has espoused make clear that, as president, he would be an invaluable friend and supporter of Jews in America and around the world. He would bring multi-lateralism and the judicious use of force to American foreign policy, which offer the greatest hope of bringing stability to the middle east and of combating terrorism where it is actually being bred and practiced. And, as a longtime civil rights lawyer, I am thrilled by the prospect that, for the first time in 40 years, we would have a president who has already demonstrated an ability to expand public support for the civil rights laws of this country. Let’s make it happen!

    Comment by Joseph Sellers — August 18, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  831. I haven’t felt this enthusiastic about a candidate since Kennedy.

    Comment by Sheila Gogol — August 18, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

  832. Support for Obama is more important than ever. We don’t need 8 more years of shooting from the hip.

    Comment by Monte Wasch — August 18, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

  833. Rolf Beier
    San Mateo, CA

    Comment by Rolf Beier — August 18, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

  834. The best choice for America.

    Comment by Judith S. Weis — August 18, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

  835. Obama is our best hope to save our country – and probably the rest of the world – from decline and disaster.

    Comment by Florence Beier — August 18, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

  836. Obama is the best hope for our country!

    Comment by Scott Levin — August 18, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

  837. He’s the best to put our country on the correct track.

    Comment by Naomi E. Shaiken — August 18, 2008 @ 4:05 pm

  838. He is young, but a real mensch!

    Comment by Rochelle H. Schwab — August 18, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

  839. Yes we can!

    Comment by Reid Levin — August 18, 2008 @ 7:47 pm

  840. As an American living overseas, I will sleep better, knowing there is a brilliant educated person in the White House. A president that will be respected by leaders across the globe. Isn’t it finally time?

    Comment by Lorraine T. Miller — August 19, 2008 @ 1:27 am

  841. amsterdam, the netherlands

    Comment by nan isenberg — August 19, 2008 @ 1:52 am

  842. Sherrie Zwail
    Amsterdam, NL.

    Comment by Sherrie Zwail — August 19, 2008 @ 3:57 am

  843. Wisdom is always difficult, especially in the uproar of political debate. I support Obama because he acts and speaks wisely.

    Steve Urkowitz
    Professor Emeritus, English and Theatre
    City College of New York

    Comment by Steve Urkowitz — August 19, 2008 @ 7:26 am

  844. Obama understands the Jewish community’s anxieties about the survival of Israel AND its relationship to the African-American community. He is the best hope for strengthening those ties. He understands the fears of the Jews and the needs of the Palestinians. He understands the tensions between the Black and the Jewish interests in America. The smear campaign of the right against Obama is the real threat to Israel and the American Jewish community. Have they not done enough damage?

    Comment by Victoria M Levi M.D. — August 19, 2008 @ 7:51 am

  845. Cary Enoch Reinstein
    Omaha, NE

    Ordinarily, I am nonpartisan. However, the rightwing media has disseminated too much propaganda and untruths which have had an undue influence on certain demographics.

    Comment by enochsvision — August 19, 2008 @ 9:24 am

  846. This country needs change and I believe Obama will begin the process.

    Comment by Edie Kreiter — August 19, 2008 @ 11:36 am

  847. Barak Obama is the U.S.’ best hope for redeeming our credibility in this crazy world. A more respected and engaged America can only benefit the security of Israel

    Comment by Laure Glass Levin — August 19, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

  848. Boca Raton, FL

    Comment by Nancy Bender — August 19, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  849. I am a supporter of Barack Obama. The alternative is no alternative.

    Comment by Judith Manelis — August 20, 2008 @ 9:58 am

  850. Izzy Gesell
    Northampton, MA

    Comment by Izzy Gesell — August 20, 2008 @ 1:18 pm

  851. Professor David L. Kirp
    University of california
    Berkeley, CA

    Comment by Professor David Kirp — August 20, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

  852. Rick Kreiter
    Winnetka, IL

    Comment by Rick Kreiter — August 20, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

  853. Jonathan Slater
    Rabbi
    Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

    Comment by Jonathan Slater — August 21, 2008 @ 10:05 am

  854. I believe he is willing and able to make the changes this country so badly needs and restore its
    credibility, respect and stability among the nations of the world.

    Comment by Cecile Brunswick — August 21, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

  855. Obama is the only realistic choice for American Jews, the only way to restore our values and respect in the world.

    Comment by Louis J Jacobson, PhD — August 23, 2008 @ 9:19 am

  856. For the first time in my life time I have found an inspirational leader to believe in that could make real changes in this country that are based on what really matters in this country to all Americans, not just some. Social justice, helping the disadvanged, upholding the constitution and most importantly making real steps to show that people should be judged by their character and not the color of their skin. Maybe some of my fellow Jews that have lost family in the holocaust should rethink the hatred and the lies they have been sprewing during this election year.

    Comment by Michelle Shore — August 25, 2008 @ 10:27 am

  857. Yes we can.

    Comment by Laurie Zoloth — August 25, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

  858. As a teacher of teachers and a professor of ethics, I cannot find a more inspiring candidate than Barack Obama; it pains me greatly to see the scurrilous attacks on his character–even by well intentioned Jews. But Obama continues to profess his faith in the ideals of fairness, social justice, and the equality of respect owed to all—Jews and non-Jews. Israel and Jewish Americans should examine his character not the smears against him. Professor Michael S. Katz

    Comment by Michael S. Katz — August 26, 2008 @ 10:59 am

  859. Jews from all over America should challenge the vituperative email messages that slander Barack Obama, understand that he is our next best chance to regain our nation’s status in the world community, and support him for our next President.
    Madison, Wisconsin

    Comment by Mark Schwartzman — August 28, 2008 @ 6:03 pm

  860. When I heard Sen. Obama at the 2004 Dem. convention, I said, “That man should be president,” and I was right! And he will be.

    Harriet V. Weinberger
    Suffern, NY

    Comment by harriet — August 28, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

  861. My son is joining the I.D.F. That’s why I am voting for Obama.

    Comment by Michael Garin — August 29, 2008 @ 8:13 pm

  862. I support his candicacy. I believe that he is respectful of those who disagree with him, and that he can begin to heal the divides here and elsewhere. Why are there Jews here who see him as a danger? I don’t understand…..if I want to ignore the racial issue.

    Comment by Gail Forman Flackett, — August 29, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

  863. I am a religious Jew in Phoenix, AZ. I used to work for AIPAC. I think John McCain is a great guy and would considering supporting him, in another election. In 2008, I a strong supporter of Barack Obama. What he can do for this country and that he would always support Israel.

    Comment by Raquel Schnitzer — August 30, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

  864. I totally support Obama. He respects people even those who do not agree with him, that is something America needs to learn. With Obama as our President we can love and be proud of America again and lead Israel to peace. We need change and if not now when?

    Rachel McMillan

    Comment by Rachel McMillan — August 31, 2008 @ 9:07 pm

  865. This country needs change and I believe Obama is the right one.

    Comment by rivka miller — September 1, 2008 @ 1:28 am

  866. i am an orthodox jew from baltimore and a strong supporter of barack obama and it is lonely business.

    our country stands on a precipice, financially, morally and as a democracy. obama offers us the best chance to re awaken the american people to unity and action. are we to continue as every man for himself and only to the strong the spoils or are we a unified country of communities that care about each other and care about future generations?

    i am so appalled at the american public who repeats media slogans about candidates and know nothing about the candidates’ real positions. they act like we are electing the best actor instead of the president of the united states.

    there are so many critical issues facing us, health care, the environment, crass materialism leading to terrible debt and no savings. we need a real leader not more of the same.

    Comment by dena frenkel — September 1, 2008 @ 9:10 am

  867. A strong ethical core is far more important than years and years of experience. With solid eithics, one can surround themselves with the best advisors. Obama is perfect for America and Joe Biden is perfect for Obama. What a wonderful ticket!!!

    Comment by Carol Gunnerson — September 1, 2008 @ 10:48 am

  868. Mark Bender
    Boca Raton, FL

    Comment by Mark Bender — September 4, 2008 @ 10:59 am

  869. I endorse Barak Obama as America’s next president. He will be good for America, Israel, and the world.
    Elliot Fein
    Jewish Religious Educator
    Orange County, California

    Comment by Elliot Fein — September 4, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

  870. Marsha Greenberg
    Las Vegas, NV

    Comment by Marsha Greenberg — September 4, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

  871. Barak is our last hope to regain competency in the White House and respect in the eyes of the rest of the world

    Comment by Richard O Gray — September 4, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

  872. Marcia Hauler
    Sales Executive
    Atlanta, GA

    Comment by Marcia Hauler — September 7, 2008 @ 6:08 pm

  873. What are the options, folks? Are we going to elect a gun-toting Evangelical who’ll encourage our teen-aged daughters to have babies if they get pregnant? This hockey mom should remain just that! Let’s have this woman back at the job in Alaska in a hurry, where she can’t wreck more havoc! Obviously, the McCain camp was scrambling for some young blood – what he ended up choosing could ultimately cost us the economy, more military loss, womens’ rights, environment, a cavalier attitude vis a vis animal rights, and much more! Barack is not a threat to Israel, and displays much more maturity than McCain. Obama is Presidential quality.

    Comment by Betty Silberman — September 8, 2008 @ 6:42 pm

  874. I support Senator Obama because he fights for social values we are proud of in the Jewish tradition. He cares about the USA and the direction it has taken in the last 8 years.
    SUNRISE, FLORIDA

    Comment by Barbara Katz — September 9, 2008 @ 10:30 am

  875. It comes down to a matter of TRUST….

    Comment by Paul Murphy, Christian — September 9, 2008 @ 10:45 am

  876. Charlie Slavin
    Orono, ME

    Comment by Charlie Slavin — September 9, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  877. Senator Obama is my first and only choice. And he has picked a wonderful running mate.
    Doris B. Korey
    New York City, NY

    Comment by Doris B. Korey — September 9, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

  878. I have talked with many of my family members and most of them believe that Senator Obama is our only hope for America. The Levy family here is for Senator Obama!

    Comment by Hope Levy — September 9, 2008 @ 6:29 pm

  879. Hollywood,FL

    Comment by Marcia & Howard Pilchik — September 9, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

  880. Obama will be a peace maker. McCain is still fighting the Vietnam war. Biden has international experience. Palin is a current events kindergartener. Only one team is ready to defend us, and they also have a better plan to help the economy, which McCain admits he doesn’t know much about.

    Comment by Ken Wachsberger — September 9, 2008 @ 8:42 pm

  881. We support Obabama for his platform, vision, and class.

    Comment by Muriel and Barry Kravette — September 10, 2008 @ 7:19 am

  882. Barak Obama is the most intelligent man to come upon the scene in years. He speaks clearly regarding his positions, he listens to other’s views and weighs them and is willing to learn from them. This man is a breath of fresh air and hope to work to return to the America we knew and lost.

    Comment by Joan Carl — September 15, 2008 @ 3:24 am

  883. I am so very disgusted with the hateful lying comments about OBama. We (my wife and I) pray we will overcome them and look forward to seeing Barack make to our White House

    Comment by Jack Howard — September 15, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  884. As a law student, I’m terrified of the prospect of McCain putting another Scalia on the bench. Here’s hoping for another Justice Ginsburg.

    Comment by Charles Israel — September 15, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

  885. My husband and I have supported Obama from the very beginning. He inspires us and gives us hope! We fervently hope enough Americans will do the right thing and vote for Obama, because otherwise we will lose our last chance to reclaim a measure of peace in the world.

    Comment by Susan Levinson — September 16, 2008 @ 12:24 am

  886. Zoe Strauss

    Comment by ZS — September 16, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

  887. Jeffrey D. Colman

    Chicago, IL

    Comment by Jeffrey D. Colman — September 17, 2008 @ 8:59 am

  888. Nancy C. Loeb

    Chicago, IL

    Comment by Nancy C. Loeb — September 17, 2008 @ 9:00 am

  889. I worry about the future of my grandchildren. The Democrats must become the majority Party again. With Barack Obama, we will succed.

    Comment by Gloria Ordover Sapiro — September 17, 2008 @ 11:32 am

  890. Obama in 08 and beyond!!!!!

    Judy Shadwick/Zimbler

    Comment by judy — September 17, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

  891. People always say obama is anti israel. Where do they get that from?

    Comment by Aaron Letzter — September 18, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

  892. Photographer and retired computer programmer
    Eugene, Oregon

    Comment by Herman Krieger — September 18, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

  893. Obama will restore justice to the United States and enable the country to repair its tarnished standing in the world. I am an observant Jew and have full confidence that Obama will support Israel.

    Comment by Andrea Jacobs / High school social studies teacher — September 20, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

  894. As a former highschool teacher, a cantor, an American, and a Jew, I am appalled by those who are spreading lies about Barack Obama’s record of support for Israel and the peace process. If these rumors are being spread by Jews for political purpose, they know it is contrary to our prohibition against “lashon ha-ra”. If it is being spread by non-Jews, it is because they do not have Jewish interests at heart. Obama has proven by his past record and has unequivocally stated in his speech to Aipac that he will lead America back to its strong championing of Israel, our longtime democratic ally. After eight years of inaction and misjudgment, which have put our country and Israel and the rest of the world in a more volatile and dangerous situation, we need Obama as our president.

    Daniel Rous

    Comment by Daniel Rous — September 22, 2008 @ 5:11 am

  895. Obama will restore the good name of the US and we will again become the inspiration to the world
    instead of earning its contempt.

    Comment by Otto A Grossman — September 22, 2008 @ 7:54 am

  896. I support Senator Obama for President. As a Democrat I believe that we cannot afford four more years of runaway government spending, permanent tax cuts and capitals gain rates that favor the wealthy, and engagement in a war that bogs us down in the Middle East indefinitely which spreads our military to it’s breaking point, and I believe that Senator Obama shares these beliefs.

    Harvey Olin
    Baltimore, MD

    Comment by Harvey Olin — September 22, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  897. Go Obama!

    Comment by Rosanne Ehrlich — September 22, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  898. My wife Marjorie Wurman and I strongly support Barack Obama. He represents the best in America. We deplore the hateful prejiduce and ignorance many of our fellow Jews have shown in rejecting his candidacy. We ask them to examine what other Republcans they have voted for. The answer in most cases is NONE. We ask them to look at what Democrats besides Obama they would vote for. The answer is usually ANYBODY. Well “my friends” as some unknown person likes to say, we ask you to examine your conscience. It is deplorable thay you suppor the same type of prejiduce which for so long has been focused against Americam Jewry. It is not to late. VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!!

    Comment by Andrew Wurman — September 22, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  899. June Shenkman
    Jacksonville, Florida

    Comment by June Shenkman — September 22, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

  900. As a Jew living in the Midwest (Oklahoma) I am fully aware that vehement anti-semitism is extolled by many radio preachers of the evangelical right. We need to open our eyes to efforts in this country to move non-Christian faiths off the map and that starts with the ultra-conservative Bush supporters from the far right.

    Make no mistake, there is nottolerance of Judaism by the Evangelical right–they simply see Judaism as something to use. We are not relics starring in their fantasy about regaining Israel– we are real people who do not worship as they do, which is a threat to them. If you listen to their talk shows you will hear that Judaism is not acceptable to the far right.

    I travel throughout the Midwest in conjunction with my employment and hear the Midwestern and Southern radio preachers who do feel that the Holocaust was deserved. Please stand strong with the Democratic ticket and reject the politics of hate.

    Comment by Ruth Steinberger — September 22, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  901. I support Obama because he is an intelligent person who will do his best for our country and will fill his administration with others who want the best for America.

    Comment by Alise Pemsler — September 22, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

  902. Pete Millerman

    Member O’ The Tribe

    Brooklyn, NY

    Comment by Pete Millerman — September 23, 2008 @ 3:13 am

  903. I am passionately supporting Obama because he is smart, has good solid values, doesn’t shoot from the hip, will surround himself with experienced bright people and he’ll be good for Israel as well.

    Comment by Debora Stein — September 23, 2008 @ 10:38 pm

  904. I support Barack Obama because I believe that more urgently than at any time in our history, our nation needs a leader who can elevate our vision, lift our spirits, and bring us together to work on behalf of our highest ideals. Barack Obama has demonstrated his ability to inspire young and old, to mediate differences, and to adhere to principles of dignity and civility. As a Jew, I find particularly compelling the ways in which he embodies and manifests the value of education, diverse perspectives, and speaking truth to power.

    Sherry Levy-Reiner
    Washington, D.C.

    Comment by Sherry Levy-Reiner — September 24, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

  905. Barack Obama will be a transcending president and we’ll finally have a leader who will put us in the 21st century.

    Comment by norma g. rosenberg — September 25, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

  906. Shalom:
    We are at a pivotal point in American and Jewish history.

    Senator Obama represents the best in Judaic ideals echoed by our sages in the Talmud and by our Prophets in the Tanach.

    The USA Constitution is the only true thing protecting Jews in the USA. Jews in the USA, with our votes and our voices, are the only things allowing Israel to have America’s support. Without the Constitution in its strongest form, with a firm Bill of Rights, Jews are as vulnerable here as in any nation from which we immigrated.

    The Constitution’s three co-equal branches of Government have been corrupted by our present President’s extreme over-use of “signing statements,” effectively, making Congress a non-entity. Senator McCain is for their continued use, and Senator Obama is not.

    The choice is clear for me and for anyone asking for my humble opinion. Vote Obama-Biden in November 2008!

    L’shana Tova:
    Rabbi Arthur Segal,
    Hilton Head Island, SC
    Bluffton, SC
    Jewish Spiritual Renewal/Jewish Renewal
    http://rabbiarthursegal.blogspot.com

    Comment by Rabbi Dr. Arthur Segal — September 25, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

  907. Adina Mattes
    Religious School Principal
    Newark, Delaware

    Comment by Adina Mattes — September 25, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

  908. I believe Obama will be the great leader this country, Jews and non-Jews alike, needs to pull out of this economic and foreign relations crisis.

    Comment by Stephanie Rosetti — September 26, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

  909. I have carefully followed this man’s career and I am only left wondering why and how such a man of extraordinary leadership talent, intelligence and practicality has decided to join in the spirit of “Tikkun Olam”, by attempting to secure the greatest political position this world offers anyone, at the very moment when this country and the planet needs it the most. To turn away from this singularly unique man with a perspective that is the living embodiment of the American Dream could well be destroying the best chance we may have at leading us in fixing problems that hack politicians have either created, exacerbated or ignored for generations.

    This Web site contains an inspiring anthology of comments that almost make a politician seem like the Messiah. I am reluctant to assign that title to anyone (especially to one with a law degree). But if this man, Barack Obama, is the real deal, as he promises to be by all objective accounts I have seen, we all should let nothing stand in the way of electing him to serve our country and the world and see how he performs against his promise of a better way for everyone.

    Comment by Roy I. Edenson, Richardson, TX — September 27, 2008 @ 1:51 am

  910. Barack Obama embodies and exemplifies the Kabbalistic term, “Tikkun Olam,” repairing the world/country, and it is my prayer and hope that this man will do so in the White House this coming January 2009!

    Comment by Sheila Scott — September 27, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

  911. Horsham, PA

    Comment by Jill Zipin — September 28, 2008 @ 8:30 am

  912. OBAMA-BIDEN!

    Comment by Abe Silberstein — September 28, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

  913. Greetings from Claymont, Delaware.

    Comment by stu elman — September 29, 2008 @ 2:43 am

  914. If not now…? When?
    I pledge my support to Senator Obama and thank him for his commitment to our country.

    Comment by Deborah Widener — September 29, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

  915. Producing Director
    The Flea Theater
    New York, NY

    Comment by Carol Ostrow — September 29, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

  916. Any person who believes that Israel is more safe after the failed policies of the last 8 years, ought to consider the strengthening of Iran and the simultaneous wars Israel fought in 2006.

    Obama-Biden 2008!!!

    Comment by Michael Elchoness — October 1, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

  917. Deb Jospin
    Chevy Chase, MD

    Comment by Deborah Jospin — October 1, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

  918. The last 8 years were an economic tragedy. Enough!! Out with the Republicans!!
    And the idea of a potential “President Sarah” doesn’t thrill me either. The obvious choice for The America we love is the Obama/Biden team!

    Comment by Mel P. Rosch, B.A., M.A. — October 2, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

  919. Tucson, AZ

    Comment by Mort Ganeles — October 5, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

  920. OBAMA IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO CAN BRING RESPECTABILITY BACK TO OUR COUNTRY AT HOME AND ABROAD.

    Comment by david and sue goldenberg — October 6, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

  921. This man may become the best president this country has ever had.

    Comment by David Sussman — October 7, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

  922. Barack Obama inspires TRUST, I respect his judgment, sympathy, and sense of social justice.
    We so desperately need a Change and a new direction. I very much believe he is the ONE that can lead us on a new and better path, and bring the nation together. He represents intelligence, Honesty, balance,vision, and the ability to create coalitions and end divisiveness.He will make a positive difference in this fractured and divided world we live in. He will make a GREAT PRESIDENT.

    Comment by Alexander M Rayane — October 8, 2008 @ 10:05 am

  923. This is the man to bring this country back from the abyss we wallow in right now. Caring, intelligent, thoughtful, and a man of careful, measured action. HE can be the careful hand at the tiller of our country, and we need him.

    Comment by Paul Foster — October 9, 2008 @ 7:31 am

  924. There is no better man for our world, and the last I heard, Jews were part of this world, as I am a Jew and concerned for our world

    Comment by Steve Sulkin — October 10, 2008 @ 11:24 pm

  925. what don’t you get! Barack is the best opportunity for great leadership we’ve had in generations!

    Comment by liv sky — October 11, 2008 @ 8:24 am

  926. Cambridge, MA

    Comment by Roni Mann — October 12, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

  927. We need Barack Obama to exert his considerable skills, strength and great vision to create a bridge to make the United States a part of the world community once again. For the past 8 years Bush, McCain and their cronies have created a chasm of dislike, distrust and cynicism between the USA and the rest of the world. No one will able to to rebuild that bridge better than Senator Obama.

    Michael Krauss

    Woodmont, CT

    Comment by Michael Krauss — October 14, 2008 @ 8:14 am

  928. The time has come to choose a leader who truly believes in PEACE, a leader who will negotiate with other world leaders for that PEACE and be an agent of change to promote PEACE in this country and throughout the world.
    BARACK OBAMA is that leader and this Jewish Grandma supports and will vote for him to work towards creating a much better world in which my grandchildren may live in a more loving, more tolerant and more peaceful world.

    Comment by Janice I. Burstin — October 14, 2008 @ 11:20 am

  929. Many years from now, history will judge Obama as one of the greatest leaders of all time! He is wise, poised, caring, world leader to be.

    Edgewater,
    NJ

    Comment by zamir margalit — October 14, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

  930. Today I had the wonderful privledge to be able to cast my vote in San Diego, California, for Barack Obama,who will be our 44th President of the United States!May Mr Obama go from strength to strength !
    G-od bless America and G-d bless Israel

    Comment by Susan Shmalo Harris — October 14, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

  931. I support Barack Obama because the essence of his message is to seek Takun Olam.
    David H. Goldstein October 15, 2008
    Kansas City, MO

    Comment by David H. Goldstein — October 15, 2008 @ 12:33 am

  932. Very few choices in life are not easy. Supporting Obama may well be the easiest for an American and a Jew.

    Comment by Franklin Feldman — October 15, 2008 @ 11:17 am

  933. YES WE CAN!

    Comment by James Jackson — October 15, 2008 @ 8:47 pm

  934. C.S.W.
    Woodstock,NY

    Comment by Jacalyn Jackson — October 15, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

  935. I support Barack Obama because he is the worlds best hope for peace. He will restore Americas strength, and reputation. He will steadfastly stand by Israel, while diligently working for lasting peace between Israel and her neighbors. He will reverse the destructive course of this nation that has been set by the “Conservatives Without Conscience.” In the face of the recent fascist smear tactics employed by the McCain campaign, Obama has remained on the high road, addressing the issues, rather than getting in the gutter with McCain and Palin. Obama appeals to our better selves, our highest ideals, whereas McCain and Palin appeal to the lowest common denominator. There is only one clear choice for strong leadership, solid, well considered judgement, and and a genuine commitment to make America, and the world, a better place for all people. Barack Hussein (I’m not afraid of his middle name, beeoches) OBAMA!!!

    Alexander Sloan
    Minneapolis, MN

    Comment by Alexander Sloan — October 16, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

  936. I am not yet old enough to vote but if I could, I would vote for the Senator. I can see goodness shining through him.

    Sometimes I feel that I have been born at a terrible time, the worst in history, to be a Jew and an American. Yest when I listen to him and see him, I feel calm. He makes me want to go out and good deeds! And that is what a leader is.

    I see him and think that he is an embodiment of mitzvot and tikkun olam and that he is a leader, perhaps the only leader in America now, who can help us do whatever we must to heal ourselves and the world.

    In our house, we pray for him very day: we pray that he wins, that he survives, that he will have the wisdom and courage he will need.

    This is a terrible year to be 17!

    Comment by Abigail Frankl — October 17, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

  937. As a Jewish American, it is my expreme pleasure to support Barack Obama’s candidacy for president, without any reservation. Although at the outset of the race I believed a McCain presidency would not be a terrible thing, his performance over the last two months has convinced me otherwise. Further, the concept of a Palin presidency should be truly terrifying to any American, and especially so to any Jewish American.
    Mr. Obama represents an opportunity for real change and progress not seen since the Kennedy era. He is our best hope for the future.

    Comment by Bernard Crane — October 17, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

  938. Tikun Olam!

    Comment by Syma Solovitch — October 17, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

  939. After hearing more specifics about Obama’s understanding of issues that the Jewish people face both here and in Israel, it is clear that he is a wonderful choice. It is unfortunate that the nasty spin machines continue to take things out of context and try to undermine………….

    Comment by cindy falor — October 17, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

  940. We are talking about the future – but I believe and trust as much as possible before it happens that Obama is a decent man who does and will continue to admire and support Israel, Jews, and America.

    Comment by Arlene Rabunsky-Karidis — October 18, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

  941. I have a soul searching question for all Jewish voters thinking of voting for McCain: have you ever voted Republican before? If that is you, and the answer is no, then watch this video. My father, Louis, a Holocaust survivor, has a message for all Jewish voters about why he supports Barack Obama and why they should too.

    Comment by Teri Szucs — October 19, 2008 @ 6:36 am

  942. We must do everything possible to elect Barack Obamam and restore our country and our place in the world.

    Comment by Elyn Zeras — October 19, 2008 @ 11:45 am

  943. The country and the world is in desperate need of the kind of leadership Obama will provide

    Otto A Grossman
    Prth West Australia

    Comment by Otto A Grossman — October 19, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

  944. Linda Bresnick
    Davis,
    CA

    “Three things ensure the world’s survival: justice, truth, and peace.” Pirke Avot 1:18
    President Barack Obama will seek after these.

    Comment by Linda Bresnick — October 19, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

  945. Barack Obama is intelligent, compassionate, dedicated, hard-working, ethical, insightful, courageous, and committed to repairing the world and our country’s place in it. In short, he could easily be Jewish! Electing him President will be a much-needed turning point for us; may it come to pass!

    Comment by Barbara Anderson — October 19, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

  946. I am convinced that Barack Obama will provide the leadership and intellect to bring America back from the brink of financial and moral decay that has been the result of the Bush/Cheney administration, an administration based on lies and fear. Barack Obama will unite our country.

    Comment by Leonard Rubin — October 21, 2008 @ 7:15 am

  947. The ticket for “tikun olam” – repair for the world we share.

    Comment by Elliot Margolies — October 22, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

  948. As a Native American Jew, I admire and honor Senator Obama’s comittment to fighting racism and anti semitism. I will vote for Obama based on his proven track record for supporting Israel and his ability to lead our country toward recovery.

    Comment by seha gleeman — October 23, 2008 @ 2:02 am

  949. Hell better than the McCain-Palin duo.

    Comment by Nathan Markowitz — October 23, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

  950. Senator Obama is a visionary. He represents America today. He is a brilliant person…who is able to communicate on any level. He is balanced in his thinking and approach to our most pressing issues. I am Jewish and I feel confident that as President, he will support Israel.

    Comment by Stacy Beyer — October 24, 2008 @ 11:53 am

  951. Palin is a total embarrassment to America. McCain continues to disappoint. As a Veteran and a Jew, I must support the candidate who best represents the values we as Americans value, and that is Obama.

    Comment by David Mabo — October 24, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

  952. Qen Annu Yecholim

    Comment by Aaron Hoffman — October 24, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

  953. Obama promises a more just society with competence in government.

    Comment by Robert Littman — October 24, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

  954. – just want to add my name to the cause. . . .

    Comment by Joyce D. Meyer — October 25, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

  955. Obama: peace worldwide. From the Netherlands.

    Mrs.M.Ch.Deden-Kazenbroot
    Web site http://www.kazenbroot.nl
    27th October 2008.

    Comment by Mrs.M.Ch.Deden-Kazenbroot — October 27, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

  956. As a Jewish American and as a Californian I support Barack “Baruch” Obama for United States President. He is the change that we need today. I feel confident in Barack’s leadership and commitment to America and to the State of Israel.

    Adam Michael Kratt
    Current Senior Community Health Worker I, JWCH Institute
    Current President, Stonewall Democrats of Pasadena City College
    Current Member of College Democrats of Pasadena City College
    Former Vice President for Public Relations, Associated Students of PCC
    Former Vice President for Campus Activities, Associated Students of PCC
    Former Parliamentarian, Omicron Mu Delta of Pasadena City College
    Former Member of Alpha Gamma Sigma of Pasadena City College
    Former President, United Rainbow Alliance of Pasadena City College

    Comment by Adam Michael Kratt — October 28, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

  957. I’m excited about Barack Obama’s candidacy and I celebrate his rise …
    if he wins (fingers crossed, or shall i say baruch hashem …) it will be
    an exciting moment for me as a Jewish woman to see him and his family move
    into the white house … let’s share in that triumph over
    prejudice, and look towards a unified future …

    Comment by Alisa Malinovich — October 28, 2008 @ 8:10 pm

  958. I first got involved as a campaign volunteer in 1968 (some wins, some losses). This will be my happiest election night!

    Comment by Andrea Kline — November 1, 2008 @ 6:20 pm

  959. Obama is a just and righteous mensch.

    Comment by Syma Solovitch — November 1, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

  960. If Barack Obama is elected I will be thrilled! This is from an older white Jewish grandmother of seven. In addition to many good reasons for supporting his candidacy will be the pleasure of having a president who can express himself coherently.

    Comment by Rosanne Ehrlich — November 2, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

  961. I will be thrilled He is the change that we need today.baruch hashem

    Comment by rivka niller — November 3, 2008 @ 10:35 am

  962. As a strong supporter of Israel, a Jew and a Democrat, I believe President Obama will do a wonderful job at brokering peace in the Middle East, especially Israel.

    Comment by Scott Birnbaum — November 6, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

  963. I support Obama as I believe that as President of the United States, he will truly unite our citizens into “One America”. For as long as I can remember, Special Interest Groups have run this country and the Working Middle Class have gotten the shaft, regardless of whether we had a Democratic or Republican President. It is my sincere hope that notwithstanding the fact that he shall be inaugarated as President (with very strong majorities in both the House and Senate) that President Obama will, in the first instance, propose legislation which not only promotes the truly urgent public policy concerns of this great nation, but also is formulated in a manner that both our Democratic and Republican Leaders can get behind and support. “Winning the Battle” is no good, if you end up “Losing the War”. While getting through legislation through Congress is important, what truly really matters is that 4 years from now, 8 years from now, 25 years from now, and 100 years from now, we can look back and see where it began, and how the U.S. was able to evolve into a nation where “Partisanship Bickering” was thrown out and replaced “A Nation Truly on the Same Page”. Despite our differences, this nation’s citizens truly have much in common, and President Obama’s leadership will hopefully provide the impetus to enable all of the citizens of this nation, (Black and White/ Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Catholic/Rich and Poor/Heterosexual or Homosexual/Young and Old) to work together towards the “Common Good”.

    President OBama’s views towards Israel are just one of many factors which lead me to get behind hm. More importantly, his message provides a sound foundation for re-establishing America as a true economic leader in the world, increasing job opportunities (in order to destroy the “Culture of Poverty”), strengthening long term security in the world (so that all of us can be a part of very happy lives of our grandchildren and their children), and, finally, renewing the confidence of every American (and send a clear message that “You are important, you can be successful, and America’s long-term prosperity demands that you wake up and become a part of the solution”). It is unfortunate that “Naysayers” continue to attack the promising aspects of this great nation. In much the same manner that Obama Campaign chose to take the high road (and portray a very positive message of hope), each of us must truly rise above petty and self-centered conduct and send a clear message (to all the obstructionist and/or reactionary citizens ) that “America is moving forward with or without you, but you know, the highway will be so much easier to navigate if you would search deep down into your hearts, swallow your pride, and join this caravan that will lead EVERYONE TO a “Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow”. Our recent vote for President Obama was easy; now comes the hard part of truly maintaining activism and never letting him forget that “We support you and stand ready to work with and for you in any way and we are not going to provide you an opportunity to renege on delivering on your message, as if you happen to hit a bump in the road, we are always going to be there to push you back up and moving towards a GREATER AMERICA FOR EVERYONE.”

    America stands at the the Dawn of a New Day. “The Flame Will Always Burn”, so long as we always always keep throw wood on the fire (and never forget that WE ARE THE FUTURE OF AMERICA).

    Bruce F. Baer
    Baer & Baer, Attorneys at Law, P.A.
    Fayetteville, North Carolina

    Comment by Bruce Baer — November 8, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

  964. With Barack Obama, I am so excited for and proud of the USA. My kids and grandkids now have a future!

    Comment by Gerald Greenwald, mD — November 8, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  965. Baruch Hashem!!! America has spoken.

    Comment by Fred Barlam — November 8, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

  966. The Jews and Blacks Alliance of Friendship has joined the joy of
    millions of men and women because of the election last night of Barack
    Obama as President of the United States. It extends its warmest
    congratulations to the new president and the American people. The
    election of a Black President is a far-reaching event in the history
    of the United States and a source of encouragement to all those who
    act everywhere against racism and discriminations, creating huge Hopes
    for change in attitudes in the United States and the world, without
    any differences because of our skin colors. American Jewish
    associations as JewsforObama.net have campaigned for this change of
    mentality and the gap between Black and Jewish citizens around the
    world.

    L’amitie judeo-noire s’associe a la joie de millions d’hommes et de
    femmes du fait de l’election cette nuit de Barack Obama a la
    presidence des Etats-Unis. Elle adresse ses plus chaleureuses
    félicitations au nouveau président et au peuple americain. L’élection
    d’un président noir est un fait de grande portée dans l’ histoire des
    Etats-Unis et un facteur d’encouragement pour toutes celles et ceux
    qui agissent, partout, contre le racisme et les discriminations,
    faisant naître d’immenses espoirs de changements dans les mentalites
    aux Etats-Unis et dans le monde, toutes couleurs de peau confondues.
    Des associations juives americaines comme JewsforObama.net ont milite
    pour ce changement de mentalite et pour le rapprochement entre
    citoyens juifs et noirs du monde entier.

    Comment by Yves Kamami — November 9, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

  967. I so appreciate Barak Obama’s acknowledgement of the contributions made by many Jews during the Civil Right Movement in the 1960′s.
    He is so smart and so right and so gifted. We are so blessed that he has emerged at this time in our nation’s history.

    Naomi Weinstein Lasley
    Sebastopol, California

    Comment by Naomi Weinstein Lasley — December 2, 2008 @ 2:15 pm

  968. I am sooooo happy that I drove to Indiana in order to canvas door to door for Barack. It paid off!!!!
    I only hope that he’ll be able to inspire the country as much as he already inspired me. Such a mensch. :)
    To the conservative Jews who were afraid to vote for him, your fear was misplaced. Not only will he be a great friend to the State of Israel, but I believe that he has the truest intention to create middle eastern peace.
    I am SOOOO looking forward to watching him as the President Of The United States, and I share the pride of African Americans everywhere. You should have seen the comraderie in Grant Park on election night. It sent goosebumps down the necks of all who attended. :)

    Comment by Randy Greenberg — January 5, 2009 @ 1:03 am

  969. I am Jewish only in my heart. God bless Ireland, Israel, America and especially Barak Obama. We all need an inspired leader in these times.
    L’chaim.
    Hugh.

    Comment by Hugh Jordan — July 10, 2009 @ 10:39 am

  970. judy ratner chevy chase MD 20815

    Comment by judy ratner — February 9, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    • President Barrack Obama concern for all americans is authentic and progressive with justice all Americans and the safety and success for people that live in America. I am a Jewish woman and I support President Barrack Obama.

      Comment by Gale Torregrossa — May 6, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    • Gale Torregrossa and Joseph Torregrossa
      Fayetteville, N.C.

      Comment by Gale Torregrossa — May 6, 2012 @ 8:10 am

  971. Israel is a living memorial based on one philosophy… “Never Again”. Anyone who denies the existence of the holocaust or promotes denial commits in essence a crime against humanity.

    No human being has a right to utilize agressiion against another for the sole purpose of hatred nor can a government seek to wipe out any group of citizens based on documented fact in order to accomlish acts of genocide or democide.

    Today Israel is under attack politically, a reemergence of an ancient hatred. Israel has a right to defend itself and its citizens. Israel based on ancient documented proof, archiological findings and moral/ethical agreements has every right to exist.

    It is my hope and prayer President Obama will understand these most significant facts based upon the most tragic chapter in human history of a people so persecuted throughout human history just for being Jewish.

    Israel is a living memorial.

    Comment by Ralph Rubinek — March 19, 2010 @ 7:13 am

  972. I support President Obama because he cares for us Americans and most important, he makes sense. He is intelligent and very pragmatic.

    Comment by Tshering Dorjee — July 19, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

  973. The more I see this republican line up I wonder- how can anyway vote for any of them?. Hillary was my first choice but I am very happy with obama. He made mistakes in the first two years thinking he could compromise with the right and tried to stay on higher ground but since his reawaking he is doing a great job. The only policy I would like to see come to fruition is leaving Afganistan as soon as possible. There will always be tribal wars. Lets protect our own borders and keep the cia and navy seals involved in the middle east. I hope all my jewish friends come to their senses and vote for obama.

    Comment by Diane Gorelick — January 10, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

  974. President Barrack Obama is for the civility and longevity of all mankind along with g-d given intellectual wisdom. America where is your faith in g-d? We are so quickly to proclaim faith and religion as a platform and that is just what it ends up being a stage with actors/actresses and not believers and doers. President Obama, yes we can win again!

    Comment by Gale Torregrossa — February 5, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

  975. The Wise family
    Montreal, Canada

    Comment by The Wise family — May 5, 2012 @ 1:17 pm


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