Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775

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Maddy Braun hardly spent any time in synagogues when she was growing up. Despite that, the Lafayette Hill resident says Jewish values are reflected in everything she does. That, she says, comes from her family's longstanding commitment to Der Arbeter Ring -- the Workmen's Circle. Like her parents, she grew up learning Jewish customs, songs and even Yiddish at a...
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Ever since Pat Toomey nearly beat Arlen Specter in the Republican primary six years ago, his supporters considered him a sure bet to one day win a Senate seat or the governor's mansion. Yet most Democrats and even some Republicans dismissed his chances, asserting repeatedly that the former congressman from Allentown was just too conservative for statewide office. But on...
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Soon after casting his ballot at Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El in Wynnewood, Larry Rubin, 69, stood in the brisk autumn air and reflected on his vote. "I'm very disappointed with the way our government is going," Rubin said, explaining why he'd voted a straight Republican ticket. "I'm very concerned about my grandchildren and the future they are going to face...
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In response to last week's revelation of terrorist plots involving synagogues in Chicago through air-mailed explosives, a number of Philadelphia Jewish facilities have enhanced slightly or maintained the status quo of their security standards, according to a random sampling of area synagogues and organizations. At Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, "we have had in place a package-receipt system for...
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<div id="articlecontent"><span id="mainContent_lblArticleHtml">U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Pennsylvania&#39;s lone Jewish House member, easily survived a GOP landslide nationwide. </span> <p><span id="mainContent_lblArticleHtml">Schwartz, whose district covers the eastern portion of Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia, beat Republican challenger Dee Adcock with 56 percent of the vote to 43 percent, according to unofficial returns. In the city, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-District 2) won...
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