Thursday, September 3, 2015 Elul 19, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
City of Brotherly Love -- and Sisterly Affection -- yes, indeed. The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Jews held its eastern regional conference in Philadelphia last weekend -- the group's first conference since 2006. "The main reason we chose Philadelphia this time around was that if you look at our numbers, the bulk of our member organizations...
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With Election Day fast approaching and both sides continuing their last-minute efforts to garner support within the Jewish community, a Montgomery County congregation found itself caught in the middle of a political dustup between Barack Obama's campaign and the Republican Jewish Coalition. Originally, State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-District 153) -- who has assumed an outsized role in promoting Obama within...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Once former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani withdrew last year from contention for the Republican party presidential nomination, he soon after endorsed his longtime friend Sen. John McCain. Now he's not only endorsing the man, he's speaking out boldly in his favor. This past Sunday, the former mayor addressed a sizable crowd at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
How's this for an unusual intersection of religion and politics? A group of about 15 rabbinical students from Hebrew Union College in New York (with a few cantorial and education students thrown in) recently joined a number of their counterparts from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote for some door-to-door canvassing for Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama. The trip from...
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In October 2006, the month before the midterm elections, 106 American soldiers lost their lives in Iraq. At that point, the Sunni and Sh'ite populations appeared embroiled in a full-scale civil war. On the home front, the conflict grew increasingly unpopular. Voters, angry over the direction of the war, decided to punish the party and handed congressional Republicans a historic...
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