Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
How's this for an unusual intersection of religion and politics? A group of about 15 rabbinical students from Hebrew Union College in New York (with a few cantorial and education students thrown in) recently joined a number of their counterparts from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote for some door-to-door canvassing for Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama. The trip from...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Once former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani withdrew last year from contention for the Republican party presidential nomination, he soon after endorsed his longtime friend Sen. John McCain. Now he's not only endorsing the man, he's speaking out boldly in his favor. This past Sunday, the former mayor addressed a sizable crowd at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Since 1973, there have been nine Israeli prime ministers, seven American presidents, and one constant at Philadelphia's Jewish Community Relations Council: Burt Siegel, who will step down on Nov. 3 from his post as executive director of the organization he's served for 35 years. In a career that's seen the easing of tensions between Philadelphia's Jewish and African-American communities, and...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
In the history of voter-outreach campaigns, there's never been anything quite like this. "The Great Schlep" kicked off last weekend as an attempt by young Jewish voters to convince their grandparents in Florida to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama. The movement -- spurred on by an Internet video featuring comedian Sarah Silverman -- is focused on convincing...
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The race between state Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-District 19) and his Republican challenger Steve Kantrowitz -- who both happen to be Jewish and live in Chester County-- has largely been low-key, lacking partisan fireworks. Part of the reason for the tone of the contest is that both candidates seem to have little appetite for making the kind of statements that...
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