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As voters in 24 states -- though not Pennsylvania -- prepared to go to the polls on Super Tuesday earlier this week, election fever also gripped the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. The entire student body was affected, from seniors about to cast their first real ballots to middle-schoolers yet to celebrate their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. On Feb. 4,...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
In order to fully understand Middle Eastern politics and society, you must first grasp the underlying basis of Arab culture -- specifically, the tribal organization central to life in the region, according to anthropologist and author Philip Carl Salzman. During a lunchtime event held last week at the Center City law firm of Pepper Hamilton, about 50 people gathered to...
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Throughout his long political career, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has frustrated both conservatives and liberals among his constituents and colleagues by staking out the middle ground on a host of issues, from the war in Iraq to comprehensive immigration reform and even the value of congressional earmarks. But if the five-term senator has his way, he'll be representing the...
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When Gelt Financial Corporation -- a commercial lender founded by Northeast Philadelphia native Jack Miller -- purchased a small bank in 2006, it did so in the hopes of implementing a specific business model. According to Miller, the plan involved turning the Public Savings Bank -- founded in the 1920s in Willow Groove -- into a virtual bank. The idea...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Israel will launch a "full-scale military operation" to stop cross-border rocket attacks from Gaza by late March or early April, an active reserve officer with the Israel Defense Force predicted. Elliot Chodoff, 52, an IDF major who deals with strategy and tactics, estimated that the Jewish state would not attempt to occupy Gaza during such a future operation, but instead...
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