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  • A Jew tours for Mitt Romney

    By Dennis Prager

    November 1, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    I spent last week speaking to thousands of Romney supporters in four “battleground” states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Virginia. I traveled with my Salem Radio Network colleagues Hugh Hewitt and Michael Medved and the actor Jon Voight, one of the few Hollywood stars who is a...

  • Former US Senator Arlen Specter dies of cancer at 82

    October 14, 2012 | 11:06 am

    Arlen Specter, the longtime moderate Jewish Republican senator from Pennsylvania whose surprise party switch helped pass President Obama's health-care reforms, has died.

    Specter, 82, died Sunday at his Philadelphia home following a long struggle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, his...

  • 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.

    ...
  • Pittsburgh rabbi files federal lawsuit over Pa. funeral policy

    August 7, 2012 | 10:35 am

    An Orthodox rabbi from Pittsburgh filed a federal lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Board of Funeral Directors for requiring the oversight of licensed funeral directors in Jewish burials.

    Rabbi Daniel Wasserman of Shaare Torah Synagogue in Squirrel Hill and head of the chevra...

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  • Penn State’s Jewish community weighs how to move forward

    July 24, 2012 | 11:24 am

    One unlikely venue for fallout from the Penn State University sex abuse scandal is the campus Hillel, for which now ousted university president Graham Spanier—the school’s first Jewish leader—was a fundraiser and vocal supporter.

    On Monday, the Penn State community was stunned...

  • Specter Switches Sides!

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 28, 2009 | 2:01 pm

    Senator Arlen Specter (PA), has switched parties, announcing that he is now a Democrat.  This rocks the political world.  With Al Franken likely to be seated in June, the Democrats would have 60 seats in the Senate.  Landing right after the 100 day mark in the Obama presidency, it...

  • Adlai Stevenson, JFK, Obama and the Jewish vote

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 28, 2008 | 2:43 pm

    One of my earliest political memories is the 1960 presidential campaign. 

    We were an Adlai Stevenson family and as a little boy I rooted for the former Illinois governor and presidential candidate to come from behind to win the Democratic presidential nomination. 

    Stevenson,...

  • Move over, Willie Horton

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 27, 2008 | 3:54 pm

    I just hope Peter Feldman isn't Jewish.

    In my parents' New Jersey home, when the perpetrator of some awful act in the news was not yet known, I could always count on them to say, "I hope he isn't Jewish."

    This worked out well in the case of Lee Harvey Oswald, but for Jack Ruby, not...
  • The Diaspora may be moving, but it isn’t going away any time soon

    By Joel Kotkin

    November 10, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Howard Grossman moved to the northeastern Pennsylvania town of Wilkes-Barre 35 years ago, it was a thriving industrial city with a substantial, long-established Jewish community. Today, anyone who visits Wilkes-Barre cannot help but come away with the impression that this town...