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  • Phylactery phobia: Tefillin incident grounds airplane

    If there’s any upshot to the misunderstanding that grounded a small aircraft last week in Philadelphia — and scared the wits out of two Jewish teenagers — it’s that the general public might now know a bit more about tefillin.

  • Looking to reinvigorate, Conservative synagogue leaders set for parley

    As the congregational arm of the Conservative movement continues its structural overhaul — brought on in part by a decline in membership and a $1.3 million budget deficit – some 500 people are expected in Cherry Hill, N.J., next week for the group’s biennial convention.

  • Clinton on Mideast, Obama’s pastor

    U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) said that American efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table have often resulted in a reduction in violence, even if a lasting peace has proved elusive.

  • Pennsylvania’s Casey rejoices in his election

    The obstacles facing Republicans nationwide as well as Sen. Rick Santorum’s own combative style, proved too much to overcome as Pennsylvania voters handed Democrat Bob Casey a victory by an early-round knockout.

  • Back from Iraq, Jewish lawyer talks

    Constitutional law expert Noah Feldman talks about how it felt to be a Jew and an American in Iraq as he helped that war-torn country set up an interim constitution.

  • Prison for synagogue embezzler

    A congregant from Philadelphia´s Temple Sinai was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling more than $1 million from the house of worship, shocking fellow members.