Thursday, November 20, 2014 Heshvan 27, 5775

A number of Jewish groups are opposing a recent decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to reinstitute an "asset test" for those relying on food stamps -- meaning that many individuals with some money in the bank may no longer be eligible. In Pennsylvania, eligibility for the federal program -- now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...
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Despite his surge in Iowa, Santorum is unlikely to entice Jewish Support
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Rick Santorum's near-win in Iowa has bolstered his national profile but he may have his work cut out for him in attracting Jewish support. Pro-Israel insiders say the Santorum campaign is now aggressively reaching out to Jewish givers who helped him when he was a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania. Santorum's stumbling block, they say, is his hard-line stance on social...
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Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Washington With this week's appointment of Jack Lew as President Barack Obama's new chief of staff, the Jewish community now has a new go-to person in the White House. Lew, 56, director of the Office of Budget and Management -- a Cabinet-level position -- is replacing William Daley. He was chosen for his long years in government and his reputation...
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Between raising two young boys in Merion Station and working as an organizational consultant, Lisa Kollisch Gottesman said she never had time to keep up her former involvement in choral singing. But at a friend's urging, last week she joined the Unity Choir, an annual collaboration of Zion Baptist Church, Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim and Beth Am Israel. Just...
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In the fall of 2001, South Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss first displayed a series of images on concrete columns beneath a vacant, elevated section of I-95. Then 31 years old, she lacked formal training, hadn't attended college and had owned her 35-mm camera for a little more than a year. But she dreamed big. An autodidact armed with vast knowledge...
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