Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Elul 8, 5774

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Ted Mann
EDITOR'S NOTE: March 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Retired Philadelphia attorney Ted Mann, who was the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at the time, recalls his front-row seat as the drama unfolded. This column marks the introduction of a new Exponent feature, 'First...
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Few tears were shed when Bernard Madoff was hauled off to jail last week. While his despicable $64 billion fraud reached far and wide, it hit especially hard among Jewish individuals and institutions, many of whom were unwittingly ensnared in his web of deceit. The list of organizations he swindled is well-known by now -- Yeshiva University, Hadassah, American Jewish...
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By:
Douglas Bloomfield
David Broder of The Washington Post, one of the nation's pre-eminent political columnists, said that the Obama administration "suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands" of pro-Israel lobbyists and "their friends on Capitol Hill" when Charles "Chas" Freeman withdrew his nomination as chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Sorry David, you've got it all wrong. The defeat was an inside...
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Shai Franklin
So the Obama administration has affirmed its decision not to participate in the April 2009 Durban Review Conference, which will revisit the dubiously named 2001 World Conference Against Racism. We can take a deep breath and realize: The U.S. government engaged multilaterally, and the sky did not fall. In fact, there were dividends for Washington -- and even for Jerusalem...
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Greater Philadelphia Has a Stake in School's Health I'm responding to David Magerman's opinion piece ("Decision to Reject School Merger: Loyalty, Yes, but a Sound Move?" March 12), in which he questions the financial wisdom of keeping the Saligman Middle School open. As one of the leaders who worked to avoid the unification of Saligman with the Barrack Hebrew Academy,...
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