Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775

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Natan Sharansky still carries star power, but he's going to need more than that to succeed as the new chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The former Soviet dissident -- whose 1986 triumphant stride to freedom across a Berlin bridge heralded the opening of the floodgates for hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews -- is now at the helm...
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Stern Hebrew High School's efforts to take up residence in the old Akiba Hebrew Academy facility in Merion Station took a small step forward on Nov. 19 at a Lower Merion Township zoning hearing. The Modern Orthodox day school, along with the Kohelet Foundation, is seeking the zoning board's approval to alter the facilities on the premises. Chief among the...
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It's no secret that the Jewish population of Lower Merion has grown by leaps and bounds over the course of several decades. And, little by little, pieces of the Jewish infrastructure, from synagogues to kosher restaurants to an eruv, have proliferated to keep up with the tides. However, to purchase a plot at a Jewish cemetery for burial, residents of...
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Iran sanctions -- indeed President Barack Obama's whole approach to the nuclear threat posed by Tehran -- has emerged as a thorny issue in the Pennsylvania race for the U.S. Senate. Republican hopeful Pat Toomey has ripped into both U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-District 7) -- the two lawmakers competing in next year's Democratic...
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More than seven months after stunning the political world by switching parties -- and receiving a chorus of welcome from the nation's top Democrats -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) exudes both determination and worry in his quest for re-election to a sixth term. "I saw President Clinton yesterday and he said, 'How's it going?' and I said, 'I've got...
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