Monday, August 3, 2015 Av 18, 5775

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The Rev. William Borror, religious leader of the Media Presbyterian Church, wants to make it clear that not all members of his denomination are reflexively anti-Israel. In fact, he said, it's a small minority that has repeatedly raised the issue of divesting from certain companies with ties to Israel. The Church's Committee of Mission Responsibility Through Investment recommended on Sept...
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In the 10 years since she married a Jewish man, Kari Kohn has learned a thing or two about synagogues -- how some can make her feel alienated and others can make her feel welcome. One cue about a synagogue's vibe is how members react when she reveals she's not Jewish, said Kohn, who was raised a Presbyterian. Do they...
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On a day when legislative redistricting and a parking lot tax were on the agenda, Philadelphia City Council briefly turned its attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- a rare but not unprecedented occurrence. The council on Sept. 15 overwhelmingly passed a resolution opposing the Palestinian efforts to seek support for unilateral independence at the United Nations. The measure essentially expressed...
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The problem is not whether there should be a future Palestinian state. It's about the Palestinian's abandonment of the peace process and a refusal to negotiate with Israel for the terms of such a state. That's the message Israel, the United States and many Jewish groups are sending as the Palestinians push ahead seeking unilateral declaration of statehood in the...
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The shofar was sounded as part of an effort in Philadelphia last week to call attention to the environmental hazards posed by hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. Three local rabbis -- Mordechai Liebling, Arthur Waskow and Melissa Klein -- took part in the effort, which included protesting outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where the natural gas industry was gathered...
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