Saturday, April 18, 2015 Nisan 29, 5775

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In a year when the volume of outside campaign spending has emerged as its own election-season story, Jewish-backed groups have devoted an unprecedented amount of money to try to influence the outcome of the Pennsylvania Senate race. In the run-up to the Nov. 2 elections, a new set of commercials attacking Democratic candidate Joe Sestak has hit the airways as...
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Just before academics at Temple University formally welcomed a visiting Israeli scholar last week, students crowded into the Hillel building to munch on samples from a brand-new kosher cafe. "Dude, habañero mustard!" Twenty-year-old Scott Rosnov waved a roast-beef sandwich toward a friend. "That's what I want!" Rosnov said he doesn't usually keep kosher, but "when the opportunity arises, I do,...
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Growing up, Temple University junior Zack Groff saw how his mother's family, Jordanians of Palestinian Arab heritage, harbored a quiet resentment toward Israel. Perhaps because of this, Groff said, in college he jumped at almost any opportunity to learn about the Middle East. "I am interested in reconciliation and peacemaking, hoping to one day see these wounds of resentment heal,"...
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Pennsylvania state legislators are pressing the administration of Lincoln University for more information on a literature professor who has called for the destruction of Israel and who, according to the lawmakers, has promoted denial of the Holocaust. The Pakistani-born Kaukab Siddique is a tenured professor at Lincoln, an historically black college in Chester County that receives state funding. Though some...
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It's not hard to find Jewish voters concerned about the fiscal health of the nation. Take, for example, Sybil Schwartz and Ken Brier. Both Schwartz of Garnet Valley in Delaware County and Brier of Bala Cynwyd in Montgomery County are in their 60s, and still working. While they each cite the economy as their No. 1 issue, they attribute different...
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