Saturday, August 29, 2015 Elul 14, 5775
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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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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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Gov. Mitt Romney fared far better at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy than past Republican candidates — and better than among the Jewish population as a whole.
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From making toys for pets to repairing low-income homes, more than 800 volunteers joined in the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's fifth annual Mitzvah Mania.
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Election Day made it clear the Latino vote mattered more than the Jewish vote. Now the two have incentive to work together.
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