The Presidents and the Jews

By Leonard Dinnerstein

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Winter 2000

The author suggests that before 1933--the year Franklin D. Roosevelt entered the White House and Hitler became chancellor of Germany--Jews hardly registered on the American presidential radar screen. However, the author argues that Jews are entering a golden age in American politics, highlighted by the selection of Senator Joseph Lieberman to run on the Democratic ticket as vice-presidential candidate. This article discusses what has induced U.S. presidents to pay increasing attention to Jews and their concerns in the past half century, and how modern presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, have fared on the standard Jewish performance rating scale, begging the question: "Was he good or bad for the Jews?

Topic: Political Behavior, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Public Policy, Politics

Name of Publication: Reform Judaism

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Dinnerstein, Leonard. The Presidents and the Jews. Reform Judaism. Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Winter 2000:


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