Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775

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Jared Jackson discovered what it felt like to be an outcast caught between two worlds at the age of 7. At the Sunday School he briefly attended near Willingboro, N.J., "people would come up and shout out the 'N word' to me and my sisters, saying, 'Leave here, we don't want you here, you're not really Jewish,' " remembered Jackson,...
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Rachel Cohen keeps her University of Pennsylvania dorm room well-stocked -- with doggie treats. The 20-year-old junior doesn't have any pets on campus; that would violate the rules she upholds as a resident assistant. Rather, Cohen buys the canine confections for weekly visits to two local animal shelters, where she coordinates a group of homeless young adults to volunteer through...
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After nearly two years of merger talks, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote and the Jenkintown-based Jewish Reconstructionist Federation have officially agreed to combine and form one organization. The final step in the process came at a Philadelphia meeting on Sunday. Delegates from the 105 congregations affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move. The...
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A Montgomery County couple met last week with the parents of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was captured in a 2006 cross-border raid and has been held in Gaza by Hamas ever since. While in Jerusalem, Bernard and Lana Dishler of Upper Gwynedd stopped by the tent the Shalit family has set up outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's...
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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is slated to visit the Jewish state next month. The freshman lawmaker -- who occupies the seat long held by Arlen Specter -- will take part in a congressional trip organized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's nonprofit, educational arm. Toomey spoke Sunday night at AIPAC's annual Philadelphia gathering, which drew some 800 people...
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