Saturday, October 1, 2016 Elul 28, 5776

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When more than 60 local rabbis from different streams got together last week to talk about the future of denominations, the result was less a discussion about the alphabet soup of organizations than about how to meet the spiritual needs of Jews. Titled "How Relevant are Denominations to 21st Century American Jews?" the Center City program illustrated the extent to...
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Israel has "never had 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and we never will," Michael Oren, the country's ambassador to the United States, told a sold-out crowd of 500 people at an Equality Forum dinner at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Saturday. He went on to describe how the state intervened to make sure a gay pride parade would...
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Marla Leigh had always planned on having children. "Others dreamt about that wedding," said Leigh, a 42-year-old human resources consultant from Lower Merion. "I dreamt about being a mom." But she got busy with an aggressive career track, "and time just really got away from me. All of a sudden, I was 40 years old." So she did what any...
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Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama enjoys the support of three-fifths of American Jews, according to the latest American Jewish Committee survey, a significant improvement over where he stood half a year ago in the organization's polling. The poll, released Monday, shows Obama with 61 percent of the Jewish vote, as opposed to 28 percent for Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor...
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Rafael Medoff, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Benzion Netanyahu -- historian, one-time political activist and father of Israel's prime minister -- had strong ties to Philadelphia and played a surprising and little-known role in American political history. An accomplished scholar and the patriarch of one of Israel's most important political families, Netanyahu died Monday in Jerusalem at 102. He was born in Poland in 1910 to a...
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