Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

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What was billed as a Thursday-morning interfaith event where clergy could receive information and advice on caring for the elderly wound up turning into a sing-along session with strong Christian overtones, led by a representative from Mayor John F. Street's office. Rev. Marguerite Handy, executive director of the Mayor's Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, was asked to give the closing remarks...
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Zach Pontz, JE Feature
Dalia Sofer was only 10 when her family fled their homeland of Iran in the wake of the Islamic revolution of the late 1970s, which saw the end of the Shah's regime. Still, despite her tender years at the time of this forced leave-taking and her sketchy memories of the past, Sofer told a local synagogue audience that she drew...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The heated debate over the potential building of a 130-foot cell-phone tower on the grounds of Shalom Memorial Park and Forest Hills Cemetery has come to a close. An Oct. 23 meeting marked the third time that the T-Mobile communications company faced off against community opposition; the final decision now rests in the hands of the Zoning Hearing Board of...
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Apparently, it's not always a good idea to list time in the army on your résumé -- at least, not the Israeli army. Asaf Romirowsky, manager of Israel & Middle East Affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, discovered this when he was abruptly uninvited from an Oct. 24 panel discussion on "Anti-Americanism in the Middle East" at the...
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Talk of foreign policy and America's struggle against radical Islam dominated the Republican Jewish Coalition's Oct. 16 presidential candidates' forum, with the five participants each pledging to do all in their power to thwart Iranian nuclear ambitions, while at the same time infusing their pitches with varying doses of pro-Israel rhetoric. Nearly 600 GOP activists and donors from around the...
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