Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

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Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
TEL AVIV It wasn’t Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for early elections that was unusual. After all, only a few governments have served a full term in Israel’s 64-year history. What was unusual was that seemingly everyone on Israel’s political spectrum — from left to right — appeared to agree that there was no real contest about who would be...
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Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agen
JERUSALEM On the ground floor of a building on a leafy residential street in southern Jerusalem, two men squeeze past each other in a crowded foyer. One is wearing a small, flat, glistening black hat and a long coat, the typical dress of some Chasidim even in the summer heat. The other seems dressed to the season, his head bare...
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High Holidays Are In in Alexandria JERUSALEM (JTA) — Reports that Egyptian authorities had canceled High Holidays services this year at the 180-year-old Eliyahu Hanavi Syn- agogue in Alexandria, Egypt, reportedly are erroneous. Following reports in Israel and Egypt that prayer services had been canceled at the synagogue, a member of the Jewish community quoted Yousef Gaon, the synagogue’s caretaker,...
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Yaron Sideman, a 17-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, settled into Philadelphia this week to begin his post as Consul General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, joining new deputy Elad Strohmayer.
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Elad Strohmayer is no stranger to American Jewry. Before joining the foreign service in 2010, the new deputy consul general in Philadelphia worked for the Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem, overseeing Israeli counselors who work in Jewish summer camps in the United States and Canada. Strohmayer said that position gave him insight into the complex array of Jewish groups...
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