Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775
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The roller-coaster ride of the Philadelphia Democratic mayoral primary is over, resulting in what many experts pegged as a highly improbable victory for former City Councilman Michael Nutter. Now Nutter's supporters, as well as many backers of the four candidates he defeated, are expressing hope that the self-styled reformer can bring fundamental change to City Hall, improve the downtown business...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Despite the fact that a campus Jewish group initially -- and quite vociferously -- opposed the choice of former Secretary of State James Baker as keynote speaker, this year's commencement at the University of Pennsylvania proceeded without a hitch. When the educational institution first announced Baker as its choice, a student group called the Penn Israel Coalition cited Baker's previous...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Some rode bicycles, others walked or ran, but all who participated in Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El's sixth annual Tzedakah-thon last weekend added fire to the synagogue's major philanthropic campaign. The event -- held this past Sunday morning under sunny skies -- generated more than $30,000 for local and Israeli charities, including "A Package From Home," the Schneider Children's Medical Center...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
Torture and warrantless wiretapping have been methods used to fight the war on terror -- and they've also become hot-button political issues in recent months, especially since the power shift in the U.S. Congress following the last election. Still, the likely venue for the final verdict on these methodologies -- and the burgeoning controversies that swirl around them -- will...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
On the day of Uriel Palti's Bar Mitzvah in 1967, his elderly grandfather shared with him his doubts that he would ever see the holy sites of the Old City. Still, the older man said, he held out hope that one day, his grandson might be granted that great gift. (Beginning in 1948 with the establishment of Israel, many sacred...
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