Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774
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Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Washington Birth control is rapidly gaining steam as an election-year wedge issue, with Jewish advocates lobbying out front and behind the scenes in what is shaping up as a clash between calls for individual freedom and religious liberty. Several Jewish groups and lawmakers played a behind-the-scenes role in the latest flashpoint: last month's order by the Obama administration requiring most...
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We, the undersigned members of the interfaith community are extremely troubled by the national BDS conference (Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel) that will be held in Philadelphia, this February, at the University of Pennsylvania. We believe that this conference brings together academics and professional activists who are pursuing an agenda that does not advance the goals of peace, even...
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By:
Ben Harris, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
NEW YORK To frack or not to frack? As concerns mount over the environmental and public health consequences of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, Jewish groups are coalescing around a strategy that supports efforts to extract natural gas from shale rock while seeking to mitigate its worst effects. In May, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the community's main public...
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By:
Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Washington With this week's appointment of Jack Lew as President Barack Obama's new chief of staff, the Jewish community now has a new go-to person in the White House. Lew, 56, director of the Office of Budget and Management -- a Cabinet-level position -- is replacing William Daley. He was chosen for his long years in government and his reputation...
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Washington — Caren Sokolow, a recently retired audiologist from Cherry Hill, N.J., thinks Newt Gingrich could make a great president. Whether he can win the presidency is another matter. The recent flap over Gingrich's remark that the Palestinians are an "invented people" underscores the conundrum for Sokolow and other fans of the suddenly surging Republican front-runner. She appreciates the former...
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