Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774

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Ryan Teitman
The congregation of Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim learned a crucial lesson during the course of its $8.5 million renovation project: Sometimes, small projects can grow. And grow. And grow. "We ended up actually renovating the entire facility in one way or another," explained Rabbi David Straus. What started out as a project much smaller in scope eventually touched...
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And then there were 14. Twenty-six people were supposed to participate in the Philly Pride Mission, the first-ever gay and lesbian mission to Israel sponsored by a local federation -- in this case, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. In theory, it was groundbreaking; after all, you'd expect that "first" to go to San Francisco, New York, Miami, even Chicago...
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U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R-District 7) is in the fight of his political life, and he hopes that his credentials on national security -- in several years, he could become chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services -- and his longtime service to Delaware County can carry him to an 11th term in Congress. But Democrats think they've found...
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A recurring 2006 election-year theme is playing itself out in the race for who will represent Bucks County in Congress. The Democratic challenger tries to link his opponent to an unpopular president and his war, as well as scandals stemming from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff; the Republican works to emphasize his credentials as an independent moderate who's in step with...
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In April, they came out in droves. They raised their voices for the victims, shouting "never again" for Africa. The American Jewish activists who descended upon Washington that spring day came to assist a distant people they knew little -- and almost everything -- about. But just how long-lasting -- how deep -- do the ties between American Jews and...
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