Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

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Responding to criticism that its Israel advocacy efforts have been lackluster in recent years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is attempting to launch a robust, ideologically inclusive coalition to help combat attempts to delegitimize the Jewish state. Federation is planning to add an advocacy position to its Jewish Community Relations Council staff and to fund new programming to achieve...
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The term "Israel advocacy" gets tossed around a lot, but what does it really mean? With efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state showing no signs of letting up, many in the Jewish community are re-examining the goals of Israel advocacy, reassessing what tactics work best, and analyzing whether the effort should primarily be geared toward Jews or non-Jewish influentials. The...
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As much as Annette Robinson longed for a college degree, her health somehow got in the way. The Huntingdon Valley grandmother halted her studies again and again -- first for breast cancer, then residual effects of childhood polio, a fractured hip and Stage 3 ovarian cancer. In the end, even all those maladies didn't stop her from reaching her goal...
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Shortly after Eli Gabay made aliyah, his boss in the State Attorney's Office in Jerusalem came to his desk with a large box filled with U.S. court proceedings against accused Nazi war criminal John Ivan Demjanjuk. Israel was extraditing Demjanjuk, his boss said, but it wasn't likely to happen anytime soon, so the files could be read at leisure, remembered...
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Last year, the Friends of the Israel Defense Force raised more than $60 million nationwide, but those dollars didn't go toward the purchase of guns, uniforms or tanks. Instead, the 30-year-old organization allocates funds for a series of programs that directly benefit soldiers. Its tagline reads: "Their job is to look after Israel, ours is to look after them." The...
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