Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
Former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat's 1977 visit to Jerusalem, and the 1979 treaty between Egypt and Israel, showed "the transformative effect of leadership," said Daniel Kurtzer, who called Sadat "a leader who took a leap of faith into the unknown that ended up transforming a political process into a diplomatic breakthrough." But that breakthrough has since turned to a "cold...
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State Rep. Josh Shapiro's (D-District 153) rapid rise in Pennsylvania politics -- described by some observers of Harrisburg as unprecedented -- appears to have hit a roadblock, or at least a significant hurdle. When the next legislative session begins in January, the 35-year-old Shapiro will lose his deputy-speaker post. The incoming House Speaker, state Rep. Keith McCall (D-District 122), announced...
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For nearly a decade, Philippe Karsenty, a French stockbroker-turned-media critic, has waged a public campaign to get a state-run television channel to admit that footage it aired in 2000 of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy being killed by Israeli soldiers -- imagery that became iconic, was broadcast around the world, and then used as a rallying cry against Israel -- was,...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
You don't have to be an expert to advocate for Israel; you don't have to have all the facts, either. Israel advocacy doesn't even have to be political. "[And it] doesn't mean you have to agree with everything Israel does," said Israel advocacy trainer Neil Lazarus. The easiest and most important part of Israel advocacy, he said, is making someone...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Staff
Northeast Philadelphia -- once a stronghold of the Philadelphia Jewish community -- has said farewell to yet another synagogue: After 113 years, Adath Zion Congregation has closed its doors and merged with Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel on Bustleton Avenue, in the Rhawnhurst section of the city. Adath Zion president Neil Schmerling said there were several reasons why it was...
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