Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775

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Miriam Shaviv | JTA
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has big shoes to fill. Appointed this week as the 11th British chief rabbi, he will succeed Jonathan Sacks, an internationally renowned author and public intellectual who speaks frequently on moral, philosophical and theological affairs.
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Slightly more than half the members of the U.S. House of Representatives called on President Obama to shut down the PLO office in Washington as punishment for its ascension in U.N. status.
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Those who lead 10-day Taglit-Birthright Israel trips don't get paid and often deal with turbulent moments — but the opportunity to guide wide-eyed young adults on their virgin voyages to the Jewish state are well worth any hassles, they say.
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A local businessman supplied members of his Main Line synagogue with some 3,000 knit hats to bring to Israeli troops during a winter visit to the Jewish state.
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Ron Kampeas | JTA
Despite some past criticism of settlement building, Sen. John Kerry's close relationship with Israel's prime minister and connection to his Jewish roots almost guarantee support from Jews in his nomination to become the next secretary of state.
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