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Campaign Holds 'Obama Shabbat' Across Washington, D.C.

1:38 PM, Jun 1, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The president is out of town tonight, spending the night alone at his home in Chicago after a day filled with six fundraisers. But his campaign in Washington, D.C. continues.

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An events list found at BarackObama.com reveals that eight "Obama Shabbat" dinners will be held this evening, here in Washington, to observe the Jewish sabbath and to "organize our community to help reelect President Barack Obama." The Jewish sabbath is observed from sundown Friday evening to sundown Saturday night. 

The descriptions for the dinners are formulaic, sounding mostly the same. "On Friday, June 1st Jewish Americans across the District of Columbia will gather in their homes to celebrate Shabbat and organize our community to help reelect President Barack Obama," one reads. "Please join us at the home of Hannah Malvin to learn more about how you can help reelect President Obama."

Another event notice states, "On Friday, June 1st Jewish Americans across the District of Columbia will gather in their homes to celebrate Shabbat and organize our community to help reelect President Barack Obama. Please join us at the Home of Veronica Weiss to learn more about how you can help reelect President Obama. This home is not Kosher, but if you are looking for a Kosher Obama Shabbat please let us know and we will help you find one."

The dinners come the same week President Obama told a group of 20 Jewish leaders that, according to several reports based on notes taken at the meeting, he "probably knows about Judaism more than any other president" and that "all his friends in Chicago were Jewish." These comments were met with much criticism from the pro-Israel community

The addresses on the events list reveal that six of the eight "Obama Shabbat" dinners will be held in Northwest Washington, where the 1 percent of the District of Columbia reside. The hosts appear to be campaign volunteers.

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