Saturday, September 5, 2015 Elul 21, 5775
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Rabbi Jon Cutler thought his one tour of duty in the sweltering Persian Gulf would sum up his war-zone career. But 16 years after returning home from Operation Desert Storm, he will again be returning to the Middle East to serve as a Jewish chaplain. "I never thought I would go back again," said the 51-year-old commander with the Navy...
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The Democratic presidential candidates debate at Drexel University may have represented the best opportunity for rivals to derail -- or, at least, slow down -- what appears to be the Hillary Clinton runaway express. Both U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards gave it a shot: taking their swipes at what they described as the...
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Apparently, it's not always a good idea to list time in the army on your résumé -- at least, not the Israeli army. Asaf Romirowsky, manager of Israel & Middle East Affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, discovered this when he was abruptly uninvited from an Oct. 24 panel discussion on "Anti-Americanism in the Middle East" at the...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The heated debate over the potential building of a 130-foot cell-phone tower on the grounds of Shalom Memorial Park and Forest Hills Cemetery has come to a close. An Oct. 23 meeting marked the third time that the T-Mobile communications company faced off against community opposition; the final decision now rests in the hands of the Zoning Hearing Board of...
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Zach Pontz, JE Feature
Dalia Sofer was only 10 when her family fled their homeland of Iran in the wake of the Islamic revolution of the late 1970s, which saw the end of the Shah's regime. Still, despite her tender years at the time of this forced leave-taking and her sketchy memories of the past, Sofer told a local synagogue audience that she drew...
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