Sunday, January 25, 2015 Shevat 5, 5775

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In myriad ways, a number of Jewish area residents are getting set to take part in the inaugural festivities, either in the nation's capital -- where huge crowds and frigid temperatures are expected -- or much closer to home. "I don't care how cold it is. I won't even notice if it's cold or raining. There is just an awesomeness...
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In the midst of a bruising campaign for the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, less than 12 hours before he debated his rival on national television, Barack Obama met with Jewish leaders and activists in Philadelphia. In addition to covering ubiquitous campaign topics such as his support for Israel, the man who became the first African-American elected to the presidency addressed something...
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EDITOR'S NOTE: On the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration, the Exponent solicited local Jews to provide unsolicited advice to the president-elect, focusing on their areas of expertise or activism. We look forward to ongoing debate over policy issues as the Obama presidency unfolds. If you wish to submit your own "Memo to Obama" for consideration in future issues, e-mail maximum...
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Phyllis Rubin, JE Feature
If they're playing Hava Nagilah, Tsena Tsena and selections from "Fiddler on the Roof" on saxophones, string bass and accordion, and all the men are dancing together, it's got to be a Jewish wedding, right? Could be, but if sequins, banjos and feathers are involved, it's most likely the Avalon String Band, performing right on Broad Street, New Year's Day...
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With Israeli ground forces battling Hamas fighters in Gaza -- and as casualties there mount and rockets continue to fall on cities in southern Israel -- speculation has grown about just what course President-elect Barack Obama will take when he assumes power. Will he reaffirm Israel's right to self-defense or call for a cease-fire? Will he fully immerse himself in...
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