Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

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Walter I. Hofman first ran for the position of Montgomery County coroner 30 years ago as a Democrat in what was then solid GOP territory. There should be little surprise that he came up short. But in 2007, Hofman -- husband of Jewish Exponent food editor Ethel G. Hofman -- ran again on the Democratic ticket and won. On Jan...
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In the past few decades, a movement known as environmental justice has cropped up alongside the larger environmentalist coalition. Broadly speaking, it's about rectifying the disproportionate impact that pollution and other environmental issues have on poorer and minority communities in the industrialized world, as well as on hundreds of millions of people in developing nations who would inevitably suffer most...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Directly on the heels of losing a $1.5 million donation to create a new chair of Islamic studies, Temple University announced that a donor has come forward to revitalize the campaign. Local energy executive Harry Halloran offered a "challenge grant" of $300,000, which he will give if the university is able to raise the remaining $1.2 million. The donation was...
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In what divestment advocates hail as an important first step in an effort to use Pennsylvania's economic leverage against rogue regimes like Iran and Sudan, the Pennsylvania Treasurer's office announced a significant overhaul of its guidelines, as well as its first terror-related divestment action. According to the newly revised investment guidelines, "the unconventional threats that confront companies in terror states...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
After fire ravaged a preschool classroom at Germantown Jewish Centre and left significant smoke damage in nearby rooms, law-enforcement officials have officially ruled the incident an arson. Nobody was hurt by the fire that broke out at the Mount Airy synagogue around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18., shortly before preschool started. Investigators have determined the cause of the fire...
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