Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774
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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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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
"It was the dirtiest, rottenest campaign ever -- and I'm 80 years old," declared Leonard Kornit after he cast his vote at Philadelphia's Kennedy House on Tuesday. For Kornit, Election Day was about sending a message -- showing the government that it has to listen to the people. "They're not following the mandate we gave them," he said. He described...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
It took Maxine Chalker nearly 40 years to muster up the courage to face her past. Even then, finding her biological family wasn't so easy: It required tracking down the judge who approved her adoption, writing to dozens of churches in Philadelphia, and waiting for months to get answers. The investigation paid off. Chalker, who was born Christian, but adopted...
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