Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

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More than two years after the Presbyterian Church USA angered many Jews by issuing a strong rebuke of Israel at its national general assembly, a group of clergy representing the 2.5-million-member Presbyterian denomination concluded a series of consultations with Jewish leaders that organizers hoped would lay the groundwork for better relations between the two religious communities. "We are really at...
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Geoffrey W. Melada, JE Feature
PITTSBURGH Lynn Swann is a man who hasn't grown accustomed to losing. The 54-year-old from Sewickley Heights, just north of Pittsburgh, was a star football player for the University of Southern California who made it to two Rose Bowls. After being drafted by the Steelers in 1974, Swann went on to earn four Super Bowl rings with the team in...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
With the situation in the Middle East clearly on their minds, Lower Merion residents flocked to the polls early Tuesday morning. Forty-year-old Jeff Dittus, for example, is a registered Democrat who cited Bob Casey Jr.'s support for Israel among his primary reasons for picking the challenger over incumbent Sen. Rick Santorum. "Sometimes, you get more with honey than you do...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While riding on a bus in Jerusalem in May 2003, Steve Averbach noticed something strange about a Chasidic Jew seated nearby: A bulge was visible from underneath his jacket. Other passengers soon realized the possibility that the man was a suicide bomber, and began to take cover by ducking behind seats. Trained to fight terrorism as an Israel Defense Force...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Voters trickled in and out of the polling station in front of Elkins Park Free Library, and many of those interviewed shared a common goal: voting for change. Considering the war in Iraq, tax cuts that benefit the wealthy, and soaring health-care costs, many voters in Elkins Park said they've had enough of the status quo. "I haven't voted in...
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