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  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • The impact of the moderate Republican

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 17, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    On Oct. 28, 1980, a beleaguered President Jimmy Carter stood on a debate stage with his Republican challenger, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan.  Carter’s one chance to save his presidency depended on his ability to portray Reagan’s views as extreme. The best levers appeared to...

  • Specter remembered as an iconoclast who enjoyed going toe to toe with tyrants

    October 16, 2012 | 9:22 am

    During his 30 years in the clubby confines of the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter never lost his acerbic prosecutorial zeal, friends and associates say.

    The insistent questions, the commitment to independence that made the longtime Pennsylvania senator a critical player in recent U.S....

  • October 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 15, 2012 | 1:09 am


    Arlen Specter, A Fiercely Independent American Original

    Jane Eisner of the Forward pays tribute to the veteran Jewish senator who walked both sides of the political aisle. 

    Specter’s Jewishness was the kind born of the immigrant experience, of being raised in the...

  • Arlen Specter facing another bout with cancer

    August 28, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter reportedly is “battling for his life.”

    Specter, who represented Pennsylvania in the Senate for more than 30 years, was diagnosed with cancer six weeks ago, CNN reported on Aug. 28. He previously overcame a brain tumor and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • Exclusive Podcast Interview: U.S. Senator Arlen Specter

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 1, 2009 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly two dozen local Jewish and non-Jewish supports of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R) attended a small fundraiser for the senior senator from Pennsylvania at the private home of Iranian Jewish couple Makan Delrahim and Michelle Kahen Delrahim in Malibu on December 17th. Guests...

  • Specter Trademark: Taking on Big Fights

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Soon after the late ABC News anchor Peter Jennings was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), himself fighting Hodgkin's disease, wrote to the journalist. Work is the best antidote for cancer, Specter told him.

    Specter may be trying to prove the...