Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775
The evening before the Anti-Defamation League was set to release its annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, just such an event was being perpetrated at a local Conservative synagogue. Arriving for morning minyan, congregants at Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel in Northeast Philadelphia found a gold, spray-painted swastika on the front of their building, reported office manager Terrie Bass. The offending...
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Four years ago, Bob Casey -- then state treasurer and a candidate for the U.S. Senate -- made his first trip to Israel, touring the country as a relative foreign-policy neophyte with a group of Jewish backers who hoped they had found the guy to unseat conservative Republican Rick Santorum. Last week, Casey returned to the Jewish state under very...
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Alison Buckholtz, JE Feature
During my husband Scott's seven-month deployment on an aircraft carrier last year, much of our life seemed upside-down. Our two young children were confused, and at times distraught, over their father's absence; my role as the "Skipper's wife" (my husband is a Navy pilot and commanding officer of his squadron) was a far cry from what I had imagined myself...
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GOP members weigh in on what Sen. Arlen Specter's defection means to them -- and the party
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Less than a year ago -- but what now seems like a political lifetime -- the Republican Party hoped it was on the verge of making serious gains among Jewish voters in Pennsylvania and nationwide. U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), considered highly popular among American Jews, had decided to back John McCain for president, and was considered a top prospect...
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When Sen. Arlen Specter dropped his political bombshell Tuesday that he was switching parties, many longtime Jewish supporters who had seen an uphill battle ahead of them breathed a huge sigh of relief. "This is great news," said Gary Erlbaum, a longtime Specter supporter who backs candidates in both parties. "It would have been very difficult for him to win...
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