Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

With about eight weeks left to go till election day, local attorney Jeffrey Pasek, president of the Jewish Social Policy Action Network (J-SPAN) spoke on Sept. 4 about the influence of religion in politics. During the lunchtime meeting, attended by more than 50 members of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia, the attorney referred to key moments in American history where faith...
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In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 -- by far, the deadliest terrorist attacks in American history -- a palpable sense arose that so many things had changed irrevocably. But, when it comes to national elections and partisan politics, has the memory of that event created a lasting effect that's altered the rules of the electoral game? Or does the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
America's security is directly tied to Israel's, said U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) last Friday during a stop in Philadelphia. The Democratic candidate for vice president was in the region for various campaign-related events, some dealing with the economy. But, during a break in the proceedings, he spoke in an interview specifically about Israel, Iran and security issues. "A strong...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Despite receiving a combined total of more than half a million dollars from the Department of Homeland Security in 2005 and 2007, no Philadelphia-area Jewish agencies were awarded security grants in 2008. But, seven years after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, that might just turn out to be a good thing. "Looking at the rest of the country, we...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
The year was 1858. Abraham Lincoln -- not yet president -- held his famous series of debates with Stephen Douglas. Future President Theodore Roosevelt was born, and John Brown organized a raid on the arsenal at Harper's Ferry. Minnesota became a state -- the 32nd. But for a group of 16 German-Jewish immigrants here in Philadelphia, 1858 was probably best...
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