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Welcome to Jewish Americans for Obama

Welcome to Jewish Americans for Obama

"This time - in this election - it's time for fundamental change in Washington. To make that change, we need to draw on a spirit that is deeply embedded in the Jewish tradition - a view that says we all have a responsibility to do our part to repair this world; that we can take care of one another and build strong communities grounded in faith and family; that repairing the world is a task that each of us takes up every day. That is how we are going to meet the challenges we face."

— Barack Obama
Rodeph Shalom Synagogue, Philadelphia
April 16, 2008



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Barack Obama on Key Issues of Concern to Jewish Americans

As a community organizer, a law professor, a parent, a state senator, and a United States Senator, Barack Obama has embodied the Jewish community's strongest values. Barack Obama knows our history as Jewish Americans – one of persecution and immigration, of resilience in the face of tragedy and difficult odds, of hard work and our devotion to education, to strengthening community, and to our country. Barack, whose name comes from the same root as the Hebrew word Baruch, or "blessed," has traveled to Israel and witnessed Israelis' determination in the fight against terrorism and their yearning for peace with their neighbors. His commitment to Israel's security, to the U.S.-Israel relationship, and to Israel's right to self-defense has always been unshakable. Demonstrating his personal connection to Zionism and understanding of Israel as the homeland Jews longed for, Senator Barack Obama has stated that it must be preserved as a Jewish state. He will work tirelessly to help Israel in its quest for a lasting peace with its neighbors, while standing with Israel against those who seek its destruction.

Barack Obama stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Jewish Americans on the issues that our community has consistently fought to defend, including choice, civil rights, health care and church-state separation. Endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, Barack Obama is a steadfast supporter of a woman's right to choose. As President, he will make available a new national health plan to all Americans. Barack Obama, whose grandparents helped raise him, is opposed to privatizing Social Security, and he will help make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors. His belief in a separation of church and state, as well as his championing of pluralism and equality, places him squarely aligned with our community and our values. As a father of two young daughters, Barack has promised to work to achieve energy independence and to fight global climate change, so that all our children's birthright will be a cleaner and safer world.

We hope you will explore the site and read about Barack Obama, his story, his values, and his plan for America. We hope you will join us in helping to elect a President who will stand up for what Jewish Americans believe in both at home and abroad.

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Resources

• Israel Fact Sheet

• Barack Obama's Plan for Social Security

• Barack Obama's Plan for Health Care

• Barack Obama's Plan for College Affordability

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Video: Election Night Speech in Grant Park

by Amanda ScottThursday November 6 2008 02:54:35 PM

"I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you." - Barack Obama, Election Night 2008

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