Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Elul 17, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
Former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat's 1977 visit to Jerusalem, and the 1979 treaty between Egypt and Israel, showed "the transformative effect of leadership," said Daniel Kurtzer, who called Sadat "a leader who took a leap of faith into the unknown that ended up transforming a political process into a diplomatic breakthrough." But that breakthrough has since turned to a "cold...
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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks to delegates during the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities in Jerusalem on Nov. 16. Olmert has announced his resignation, due to multiple investigations of corruption charges. His successor will be elected in a new general election in February.
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Staff
Northeast Philadelphia -- once a stronghold of the Philadelphia Jewish community -- has said farewell to yet another synagogue: After 113 years, Adath Zion Congregation has closed its doors and merged with Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel on Bustleton Avenue, in the Rhawnhurst section of the city. Adath Zion president Neil Schmerling said there were several reasons why it was...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
You don't have to be an expert to advocate for Israel; you don't have to have all the facts, either. Israel advocacy doesn't even have to be political. "[And it] doesn't mean you have to agree with everything Israel does," said Israel advocacy trainer Neil Lazarus. The easiest and most important part of Israel advocacy, he said, is making someone...
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The smell of freshly dried paint lingers in the new offices of the Israel Consulate at 1880 JFK Blvd. in Center City. The conference room lacks a table of any sort, and the walls of the office belonging to the new Consul General Daniel Kutner, who arrived in Philadelphia shortly before Rosh Hashanah, remain totally bare. Back in March, the...
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