Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
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State Rep. Josh Shapiro's (D-District 153) rapid rise in Pennsylvania politics -- described by some observers of Harrisburg as unprecedented -- appears to have hit a roadblock, or at least a significant hurdle. When the next legislative session begins in January, the 35-year-old Shapiro will lose his deputy-speaker post. The incoming House Speaker, state Rep. Keith McCall (D-District 122), announced...
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AaronPassman, JE Staff
Leonard Cole likened the United States to a car driving away from the events of 9/11, and as the incidents get smaller in the rearview mirror, they also recede in the national consciousness, making Americans more likely to become complacent and, potentially, at risk for another terrorist attack. Cole spoke recently on the campus of Rutgers University-Camden in an event...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
You don't have to be an expert to advocate for Israel; you don't have to have all the facts, either. Israel advocacy doesn't even have to be political. "[And it] doesn't mean you have to agree with everything Israel does," said Israel advocacy trainer Neil Lazarus. The easiest and most important part of Israel advocacy, he said, is making someone...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Staff
Northeast Philadelphia -- once a stronghold of the Philadelphia Jewish community -- has said farewell to yet another synagogue: After 113 years, Adath Zion Congregation has closed its doors and merged with Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel on Bustleton Avenue, in the Rhawnhurst section of the city. Adath Zion president Neil Schmerling said there were several reasons why it was...
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Two days after winning a hotly contested New Jersey congressional seat, John Adler, a Democratic state senator, managed to squeeze in a workout at his gym at the Betty & Milton Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill, N.J. Adler recalled that, while at the gym, a man in his 50s came up to congratulate him. When Adler asked how...
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