Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Shevat 7, 5775

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Yaron Sideman, a 17-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, settled into Philadelphia this week to begin his post as Consul General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, joining new deputy Elad Strohmayer.
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At least two dozen local Jews will head to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next week to to vote for a party platform that includes an endorsement of same-sex marriage - just one of several stark contrasts to the GOP's position on social issues.
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Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
For decades, haredi men in Israel have received exemptions from otherwise mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces to study in yeshivas instead. But one army division has accommodated several thousand haredi draftees who require stringent kosher certification and eschew any contact with women.
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With thousands of Pennsylvanians still unemployed or underemployed as Labor Day approaches, staff at JEVS Human Services are busy helping clients polish cover letters, practice for interviews, and, in some cases, overcome deeper personal issues that have prevented them from finding work
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An Israeli flag marks the oceanside home where an estimated 200 vacationers this summer bonded over communal Shabbats, frisbee on the beach and cultural programming organized by a team of volunteers and local young professional groups.
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