Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When the buses left around four in the morning, most people were only sure of two things -- that lines would be long, and it would be cold. Among the lines, the craziness, the crowds and the festive environment, the 56th presidential inauguration often felt like a trip to Disneyland -- only the theme park was the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
As the country prepares to welcome a president with a focus on community organizing and grass-roots activism, so, too, is Philadelphia ushering in its own new leader with a similar focus. Allison Pokras was recently named as the executive director of Operation Understanding, a local organization that offers leadership training for African-American and Jewish high-schoolers. Each year, the group selects...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Though the day's forecasted high temperature hovered just above freezing, Jesse Breitbart donned shorts, insisting that being warm-hearted would ward off the cold temperatures -- well, that and the combined body heat of the 2,500 or so people who turned out in Love Park for a "We Stand With Israel" solidarity rally. Last week's gathering was the highest profile event...
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In myriad ways, a number of Jewish area residents are getting set to take part in the inaugural festivities, either in the nation's capital -- where huge crowds and frigid temperatures are expected -- or much closer to home. "I don't care how cold it is. I won't even notice if it's cold or raining. There is just an awesomeness...
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In the midst of a bruising campaign for the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, less than 12 hours before he debated his rival on national television, Barack Obama met with Jewish leaders and activists in Philadelphia. In addition to covering ubiquitous campaign topics such as his support for Israel, the man who became the first African-American elected to the presidency addressed something...
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