Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775

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As President Barack Obama seeks re-election and the GOP looks to make inroads among Jews, the Jewish vote is going to be held up to a microscope, with any potential swing analyzed and scrutinized. But is it going too far to look at how one Jew in particular will vote? What if that Jew is someone as influential and as...
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Alan Dershowitz came to the University of Pennsylvania last week to articulate the case for Israel and counter the message of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement - not to discuss presidential politics. But when the noted Harvard law professor and author addressed 900 people at Perm's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the 2012 campaign managed to wiggle its...
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Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Washington Birth control is rapidly gaining steam as an election-year wedge issue, with Jewish advocates lobbying out front and behind the scenes in what is shaping up as a clash between calls for individual freedom and religious liberty. Several Jewish groups and lawmakers played a behind-the-scenes role in the latest flashpoint: last month's order by the Obama administration requiring most...
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As Catholics mourn the passing of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua -- and debate his handling of the priest sex-abuse scandal, which broke under his watch -- some longtime Jewish leaders are remembering him as a leader committed to improving Catholic-Jewish relations. In his 35 years working at the Jewish Community Relations Council, Burt Siegel interacted with three different leaders of the...
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About a dozen Israeli entertainers and leaders, including Michael Oren, Israel's U.S. ambassador, will fly to Philadelphia in May to represent their country at the Equality Forum, a weekend-long summit promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. Israel was selected as the "featured nation" for the 20th annual event, which includes 25 free panel discussions, an art exhibit, parties...
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