Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775

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Avi Romanoff spent months preparing to play the role of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman in a mock school primary. The 15-year-old sophomore at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr scoured the presidential hopeful's website and followed the political coverage. He also watched as many of the GOP presidential debates as he could, not only to learn...
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A week into the semester, University of Pennsylvania students have begun organizing a grass-roots Shabbat dinner program and, with support from the larger Jewish community, a public lecture from Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz as a response to a fast-approaching national conference promoting boycott, divestment and sanctions against the Jewish state. The university has distanced itself from the conference, slated...
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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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