Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

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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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Rafi Glantz wanted to join the Israel Defense Forces since he was 10 years old. At that time, according to the 18-year-old, his parents didn't take him seriously. But there's no denying his commitment now as he prepares for an Aug. 13 flight that will bring him to basic training in his new home. "Israel's really the only safe place...
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Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
When Yitzhak Shamir was Israel's prime minister, he liked to point American visitors to a gift he received when he retired as director of the Mossad, Israel's intelligence service. It was a depiction of the famed three monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. "He didn't say anything," recalled Dov Zakheim, then a deputy undersecretary of defense...
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Armin Rosen, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Juba, South Sudan This city in the world's newest country is not your typical Arabic-speaking capital. For one thing, most of the city's inhabitants are Christian. For another, the Israeli flag is ubiquitous here. "I love Israel," said Joseph Lago, who sells pens, chewing gum and phone cards at a small wooden stall decorated with Israeli and South Sudanese flags...
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