Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With an American flag as a backdrop, 80-year-old Shmul Kaplan sat in a large armchair surrounded by family, friends and reporters -- and, for the first time in his life, he greeted his visitors as an "official" American. Just moments before, Kaplan had raised his right hand and taken the oath of allegiance to the United States -- the culmination...
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More than 800 people crowded into the ballroom at the Center City Sheraton on Sept. 5, all of them seemingly restless with anticipation. When Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) finally entered the room -- after a litany of speakers, including U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-District 13) and State Sen. Connie Williams (D-District 17), touted her presidential caliber -- those gathered let...
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A six-story replica of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem lies at the heart of the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Fla. The park, which opened in 2001, has seen attendance jump since the California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network bought it. RNS Photo/Reuters
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Dennis Ross, who served as Mideast envoy in both the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, offered a stinging rebuke of American diplomacy in the region during the tenure of President George W. Bush, asserting, among other things, that the current policy is actually accelerating the Iranian drive toward nuclear capability. Ross -- a key player in both the...
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Long Island attorney Jeffrey Schwartz peered at the Capitol through the window of a chartered bus that was whisking him and a group of Jewish Democrats across town from their conference site to a private reception on Capitol Hill being hosted by Jewish members of Congress. After a moment, Schwartz -- who recalled standing out in the cold before that...
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