Sunday, April 26, 2015 Iyyar 7, 5775

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While in the midst of a campaign two years ago, State Sen. Kim Ward, a freshman Republican lawmaker from Westmoreland County in southwest Pennsylvania, received some startling news from her dying father. Ward said that her father, Roger Renko, though hooked up to a ventilator and unable to speak, scrawled on a piece of paper that his paternal grandparents had...
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Gil Zohar, JE Feature
A group of young adults from the tiny, 200-member Jewish community in Parimaribo, Suriname, marveled at the recently restored Zedek ve-Shalom Synagogue, rescued from ruin in 1999 from their tropical South American homeland, and now lovingly restored as one of four historic Jewish houses of prayer on exhibit at the Israel Museum here. "I hope it gives you honor to...
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As the national focus intensifies on the Pennsylvania Senate race -- a polarizing and bare-knuckle contest that many are calling a bellwether for the national mood -- several groups are continuing to hammer U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic hopeful, over his record on Israel. For his part, Sestak has ceaselessly pressed his case in local Jewish circles. More than...
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Shir Ben-Gigi doesn't mind that the only thing most people seem to know about her hometown of Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev -- if they know anything at all -- is that it overlooks a giant crater. The 25-year-old offspring of Moroccan immigrants to Israel acknowledged that, apart from that natural wonder, there's really not much reason to go there...
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Dressed in a hijab, Sarah Shiha, a 22-year-old Egyptian who hopes to one day preach the Koran on the airwaves, declares a desire to study Torah. But before her recent visit to Philadelphia, she'd never even met a Jew. Now, after participating in a five-week seminar on democracy and religious pluralism for students from the Arab world that included several...
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