Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775

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Diego Melamed, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina When the Sao Paulo Hebraica Sports Club and Community Center in Brazil opened the Aleph School last month, it welcomed 450 students and had 120 more on the waiting list for next year. Hebraica, which is similar to an American Jewish community center, has reached 24,000 members and has a $30 million budget. Meanwhile, Sao Paulo’s oldest...
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Two Jewish women are competing in the region’s hottest congressional races, both Democratic challengers attempting to unseat Republican incumbents. In Pennsylvania’s 8th district, which covers Bucks County and a small portion of Montgomery County, lawyer Kathy Boockvar is locked in a tight battle with U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. And on the other side of the Delaware River, the battle is...
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John Featherman, a 48-year-old realtor, likes to go against the odds. Last year, the Jewish Republican made a long-shot bid for Philadelphia mayor and lost. This year, he’s challenging U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the leader of the Philadelphia Democratic Party. Brady crushed him in a 1998 House race and victory seems nearly impossible this time, too. Featherman has raised just...
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Rom Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Among the scores of congressional races around the country, here are some of particular Jewish interest, where at least one and sometimes two Jews are contending for a seat. U.S. Senate: Hawaii — Mazie Hirono (D) vs. Linda Lingle (R) Strongly Democratic Hawaii is tough turf for Republicans, but picking up a Senate seat in President Obama’s birth state would...
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When Jason Shavel, a senior at Council Rock High School North, was preparing for college visits last year, he had no qualms about calling a Hillel director and asking to meet during his visit to campus. But then, he thought, why not flip the script and have Hillel members and staff come to students? And so last spring, he started...
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