Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Elul 8, 5774
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Geoffrey W. Melada JE Feature
PITTSBURGH You might not have known that Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the two-term Republican incumbent, was fighting for his political life when he strode into the Crafton Volunteer Fire Company for a rally on the eve of Election Day. The 48-year-old Pittsburgh-area native -- followed by his wife Karen and their six young children -- looked casual in a brown...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
On Tuesday, the difference in mood between Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach's camp and that of his democratic challenger Lois Murphy seemed like night and day. While an energized crowd of several hundred partied until the wee hours at Murphy's gala in King of Prussia, Gerlach's Exton-based affair emptied out early. And though Gerlach himself appeared calm and collected...
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More than two years after the Presbyterian Church USA angered many Jews by issuing a strong rebuke of Israel at its national general assembly, a group of clergy representing the 2.5-million-member Presbyterian denomination concluded a series of consultations with Jewish leaders that organizers hoped would lay the groundwork for better relations between the two religious communities. "We are really at...
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What was thought to be an easy win turned into an uphill battle for a sitting House member
After a campaign hinged on his experience as a veteran of the Iraq war -- and his desire to change the American course of action -- Democrat Patrick Murphy appeared to have eked out a razor-thin decision to unseat Republican incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick in the 8th Congressional District. Murphy won by 1,521 votes in an election where almost 250,000 votes...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While riding on a bus in Jerusalem in May 2003, Steve Averbach noticed something strange about a Chasidic Jew seated nearby: A bulge was visible from underneath his jacket. Other passengers soon realized the possibility that the man was a suicide bomber, and began to take cover by ducking behind seats. Trained to fight terrorism as an Israel Defense Force...
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