Saturday, August 1, 2015 Av 16, 5775

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After a five-year legislative and lobbying effort to use the commonwealth's economic prowess to help isolate rogue regimes, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Iran and Sudan divestment legislation. And Jewish groups played a significant role in the effort. All that's required for the bill to become law is for Gov. Ed Rendell to sign it. He is expected to do...
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All camps need now are the kids; are they coming back this year in droves?
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The long wait is finally over. Staff members are back, and the kitchens have been restocked. The swimming pools have been retouched and refilled, and the volleyball nets rehung. The cabins have been cleaned out, and empty bunks lay in wait. All that's missing at this point are the children. But in the next few weeks, many will board buses...
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Inside the Israeli consulate in Center City, Jerusalem's top diplomat to the region has been working overtime to get his country's message out. Consul General Daniel Kutner says that it's not just a public-relations problem, but a more fundamental effort to delegitimitze Israel. He takes issue with those who suggest that all Israel needs to do is explain its position...
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It's a question worth asking: What effect will the May 31 Israeli flotilla incident have on domestic politics, especially in the already heated Senate race here in Pennsylvania? Republican Senate hopeful Pat Toomey -- who took less than 24 hours to put out a statement after the event that had reporters and pundits writing and blogging like wildfire -- is...
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Alarmed by the continuing international outrage directed at Israel following last week's raid on a Gaza-bound ship, local Jews are stepping up their activism in defense of the Jewish state. In public meetings, briefings at the Israeli consulate, letters to the editor, e-mail blasts and street demonstrations, activists are voicing their anger and frustration. "The whole world is against this...
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