Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Kislev 4, 5775
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In the midst of a bruising campaign for the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, less than 12 hours before he debated his rival on national television, Barack Obama met with Jewish leaders and activists in Philadelphia. In addition to covering ubiquitous campaign topics such as his support for Israel, the man who became the first African-American elected to the presidency addressed something...
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EDITOR'S NOTE: On the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration, the Exponent solicited local Jews to provide unsolicited advice to the president-elect, focusing on their areas of expertise or activism. We look forward to ongoing debate over policy issues as the Obama presidency unfolds. If you wish to submit your own "Memo to Obama" for consideration in future issues, e-mail maximum...
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With Israeli ground forces battling Hamas fighters in Gaza -- and as casualties there mount and rockets continue to fall on cities in southern Israel -- speculation has grown about just what course President-elect Barack Obama will take when he assumes power. Will he reaffirm Israel's right to self-defense or call for a cease-fire? Will he fully immerse himself in...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When the fighting erupted between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Rabbi David Straus found himself in a quandary: how to deal with leading a group of more than 80 congregants on a trip through the Jewish state while the country was at war. Straus and his contingent from Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood were one of several...
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Phyllis Rubin, JE Feature
If they're playing Hava Nagilah, Tsena Tsena and selections from "Fiddler on the Roof" on saxophones, string bass and accordion, and all the men are dancing together, it's got to be a Jewish wedding, right? Could be, but if sequins, banjos and feathers are involved, it's most likely the Avalon String Band, performing right on Broad Street, New Year's Day...
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