Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Elul 25, 5776

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Before a declared cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, Jewish Philadelphians spent the past week coming to the country's defense. Area day schools held special assemblies and prayer services, students sprang into action at local campuses and pro-Israel supporters turned out for a recent rally outside the Israeli Consulate.
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Ben Sales | JTA
The explosion occurred close enough to Stesyahu Alema to shake his apartment, where he sat with his wife and two of his five children. But he didn’t flinch. None of them did.
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The Iron Dome intercepts more missiles over Tel Aviv as Netanyahu says IDF is preparing to expand operations in Gaza.
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Jews come out to Center City solidarity event
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Local activists brace for Gaza fallout.
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As Philadelphia-area Jews grappled with an uncertain and fluid situation in southern Israel and braced for the possibility of a protracted conflict, pro-Israel activists echoed a common theme: Israel must be allowed to defend herself. Noah Feit, president of Penn Friends of Israel, said his group was “preparing for the worst on campus,” as the conflict between Israel and Hamas...
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