Saturday, August 29, 2015 Elul 14, 5775

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Ben Harris, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
NEW YORK To frack or not to frack? As concerns mount over the environmental and public health consequences of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, Jewish groups are coalescing around a strategy that supports efforts to extract natural gas from shale rock while seeking to mitigate its worst effects. In May, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the community's main public...
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Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Washington Israel, the United States and Iran have all gone deep into mixed-signals territory. Conversations with Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak, left one prominent journalist convinced that Israel will strike Iran by year's end. Yet two weeks ago, Barak had said that any possible Israeli attack on Iran is "far off." U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said...
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Jay Leistner is getting in touch with his feminine side. All 300 pounds of it. An architect and interior designer who runs his own company in Jenkintown, Leistner has designs on what may be the role of his lifetime: Edna, the hefty housewife and heroine of Hairspray , the award-winning Broadway musical with a history of untraditional casting that puts...
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A group of more than a dozen Christian clergy members have signed on to a statement condemning this weekend's Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference at the University of Pennsylvania. According to the statement, the BDS movement "does not explicitly support the internationally recognized goal of two states, Israeli and Palestinian, living side by side in peace and security -- and...
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We, the undersigned members of the interfaith community are extremely troubled by the national BDS conference (Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel) that will be held in Philadelphia, this February, at the University of Pennsylvania. We believe that this conference brings together academics and professional activists who are pursuing an agenda that does not advance the goals of peace, even...
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