Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774
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One year ago, soon after the war in Gaza had ended and Barack Obama prepared to take the oath of office, many openly wondered if the dismal state of the economy would prevent the new president from devoting more than cursory attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iranian nuclear threat. Now, a mere 12 months later, the president has...
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Rebecca Strober
FIRST PERSON At age 10, most girls receive Barbie dolls, games or play make-up as a birthday present. I received a lifetime membership to Hadassah from my grandmother, Roslyn Rivlin Strober. "Grandma Booboo" had been a longtime Hadassah supporter, and had raised money for the cause both during the years that she lived in Israel as a young adult, and...
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Dina Kraft, JE Feature
Kibbutz Mashabe Sadeh, Israel From deep below the sands of the Negev Desert, water is being drilled for irrigating crops and even supplying water for fish ponds. In Israel, struggling with the most severe water crisis in its history, every tiny drop of water counts. This summer marked its fifth consecutive year of drought, its main reservoirs have dipped below...
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Four years ago, Bob Casey -- then state treasurer and a candidate for the U.S. Senate -- made his first trip to Israel, touring the country as a relative foreign-policy neophyte with a group of Jewish backers who hoped they had found the guy to unseat conservative Republican Rick Santorum. Last week, Casey returned to the Jewish state under very...
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They relish life in the Philadelphia area, yet hesitate when it comes to involvement
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Viktor Fadlon attended Shabbat services every Friday night in his native Israel, but in the nearly three years since he moved to Philadelphia, the 25-year-old says that he's been to synagogue just once. "I haven't connected to the Jewish community," he admitted recently, taking a break from his job as manager of a Center City pizzeria and bar. "I work...
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