Monday, May 25, 2015 Sivan 7, 5775
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Despite the fact that a campus Jewish group initially -- and quite vociferously -- opposed the choice of former Secretary of State James Baker as keynote speaker, this year's commencement at the University of Pennsylvania proceeded without a hitch. When the educational institution first announced Baker as its choice, a student group called the Penn Israel Coalition cited Baker's previous...
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The roller-coaster ride of the Philadelphia Democratic mayoral primary is over, resulting in what many experts pegged as a highly improbable victory for former City Councilman Michael Nutter. Now Nutter's supporters, as well as many backers of the four candidates he defeated, are expressing hope that the self-styled reformer can bring fundamental change to City Hall, improve the downtown business...
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Ryan Teitman
If Frieda Lefeber has a problem, it's this: She's been characterized her whole life with boundless energy. Half a century ago, all her efforts were focused on simple survival. After being persecuted under the Nazi regime in Germany, Lefeber, now 92, managed to escape to the United States with her husband, while other family members fled to what was then...
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The Pennsylvania State Senate took a baby step toward slashing the size of the General Assembly, one of the largest and costliest state legislatures in the nation. Earlier this month the Senate's State Government Committee approved a bill that would reduce the size of that body from 50 members to 40 and trim the House down from 203 representatives to...
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With more than 240 million trees planted and 89 reservoirs built in Israel, the Jewish National Fund can claim to know a little something about water and environmental issues. And as nations across the globe struggle with finding access to clean water supplies and creating sustainable development, officials at JNF's American branch -- it is made up of more than...
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