Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

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With the Presbyterian Church USA once again poised to debate divestment from companies that do business in Israel, the Presbytery of Philadelphia has adopted its own resolution that rejects such a stance. And the local clergy opposed to divestment are taking their opposition a step further: The Philadelphia resolution -- known in church parlance as an overture -- will be...
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Rafael Medoff, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Benzion Netanyahu -- historian, one-time political activist and father of Israel's prime minister -- had strong ties to Philadelphia and played a surprising and little-known role in American political history. An accomplished scholar and the patriarch of one of Israel's most important political families, Netanyahu died Monday in Jerusalem at 102. He was born in Poland in 1910 to a...
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A local businessman is poised to become the first Muslim to serve on the Anti-Defamation League's regional board -- or any ADL board for that matter.
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The Philadelphia SPHAS, the long defunct South Philadelphia Hebrew Association's basketball team, are getting a historic plaque from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The team, which existed from 1918 to 1959, first as an amateur squad and later as a professional club, played an important role in both the history of Philadelphia Jewry and the development of pro-basketball. Most...
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Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama enjoys the support of three-fifths of American Jews, according to the latest American Jewish Committee survey, a significant improvement over where he stood half a year ago in the organization's polling. The poll, released Monday, shows Obama with 61 percent of the Jewish vote, as opposed to 28 percent for Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor...
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