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Brief: Lee Bender, Longtime ZOA Leader, Dies at 56

Lee Bender, who served as president of the Greater Philadelphia Zionist Organization of America from 2012 to 2019, died on Sept. 10 at the...

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Washington State Synagogue Shelters Asylum Seekers (Updated)

By Ben Sales / JTA Update (Sept. 13, 2019): This article has been updated to correct the synagogue's budget for the asylum seekers' needs. In a...

Pa. Judges Talk Anti-Semitism, Israel and Their Own Jewish Identities

Jews have played storied roles in Pennsylvania jurisprudence, going back to 1822 when Moses Levy took the bench as the presiding judge of the...
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Mass Shooting Victims’ Families Form Community at Retreat

It’s a community no one chose to be a part of, but the support members find from within it has been invaluable. Earlier this month,...

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Book Reviews | Dershowitz, Gordis Take on U.S.-Israel Relationship

Defending Israel: The Story of My Relationship with My Most Challenging Client Alan Dershowitz All Points Books We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel Daniel...
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‘SHIVTEI: Lost & Found’ Explores Story of The Little Shul

At one time, South Philadelphia was home to more than 150 rowhouse synagogues, but about 12 years ago it almost lost the last example...

Editor Goes From Akiba to ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’

Because it’s not actually a crime — and even if it were, the statute of limitations surely would have expired by now — Fred...
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Nentanyahu Talked to NY Times About the Time He Almost Bombed Iran

By Ben Sales | JTA As of this writing, Israel has not bombed Iran’s nuclear program. But according to an exposé in The New York Times...
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IDF Foils Hezbollah’s Risky Attacks and Its Attempts to Secure Guided Missiles

By Yaakov Lappin (September 2, 2019 / JNS) Hezbollah launched a dangerous attack on an Israel Defense Forces’ base in northern Israel on Sunday—an attack that could have...
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Ten Miles From Gaza, Kids Make the Most of Summer

By Noa Amouyal It was supposed to be the first sight that greeted them as they entered the camp and embarked on their first day...