Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775

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Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Washington With this week's appointment of Jack Lew as President Barack Obama's new chief of staff, the Jewish community now has a new go-to person in the White House. Lew, 56, director of the Office of Budget and Management -- a Cabinet-level position -- is replacing William Daley. He was chosen for his long years in government and his reputation...
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Despite his surge in Iowa, Santorum is unlikely to entice Jewish Support
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Rick Santorum's near-win in Iowa has bolstered his national profile but he may have his work cut out for him in attracting Jewish support. Pro-Israel insiders say the Santorum campaign is now aggressively reaching out to Jewish givers who helped him when he was a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania. Santorum's stumbling block, they say, is his hard-line stance on social...
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A number of Jewish groups are opposing a recent decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to reinstitute an "asset test" for those relying on food stamps -- meaning that many individuals with some money in the bank may no longer be eligible. In Pennsylvania, eligibility for the federal program -- now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...
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Jessica Steinberg, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
It's a question many a shopper in Israel has pondered, particularly if they've spent time overseas. Why does this fill-in-the-blank cost more in Israel? Whether it's a box of Cheerios, a supply of Ziploc bags or a shirt from H&M, Israelis are paying more for many consumer goods than their counterparts in Europe and North America. Consider the price for...
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Chanukah may be over, but the dreidel counting continues. An official at the Guinness Book of World Records said it will take weeks to verfy whether a massive group of Conservative movement teens succeeded in their attempt to set a new dreidel-spinning record. Last week, the buzz of more than 800 students at the annual United Synagogue Youth international convention...
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