Sunday, November 23, 2014 Kislev 1, 5775

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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
For Estelle Gilbert, voting on Nov. 7 meant voicing her opinion on one particular issue: the war in Iraq. "Get the war over in Iraq," said Gilbert after voting at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Northeast Philadelphia. "Bring the boys home!" The issues were not so cut-and-dried for some other voters in the the 58th Ward, 13th Division. For...
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SCRANTON, Pa. Democrat Bob Casey led in the polls virtually from the moment he announced his candidacy to unseat Sen. Rick Santorum some 20 months ago. Nevertheless, analysts argued that the Republican -- a skilled debater and a fierce campaigner -- would find a way to close the gap and take the contest to the distance. But in the end,...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Judy Meisel told her story to a room filled with Catholic school teachers: She spoke of how she was taken from her native Lithuania to the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland; how she managed to escape a death march after Allied aircraft mistakenly bombed them; and how she finally fled to Denmark, where a couple nursed her back to health...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
On April 29, 1945, Ernest Gross, a 19-year-old Romanian Jew, found himself waiting in a line of prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp, outside Munich. After 11 months in captivity in various camps, Gross' body was reduced to mere skin and bones. As he made his way toward the front of the line, he got his first glimpse of the...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann expected a parade of ghoulish figures to enter her West Philadelphia mansion on Halloween night. Still, when a student dressed as a suicide bomber posed with the costumed president -- and then posted the picture online -- the incident caused more than just a holiday scare. To many in the Jewish community, in particular,...
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