Thursday, September 3, 2015 Elul 19, 5775
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Hip-looking twenty- and thirty-somethings drifted about a sleek, white-washed gallery Monday night, sipping wine, sampling hors d'oeuvres and discussing cinema. Though the space felt like a chic Old City gallery, the venue, in fact, was none other than the Gershman Y, and the topic at hand was Jewish film. The host for this affair was the Young Friends of the...
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How Israel treats its 1 million-plus Arab citizens will ultimately prove the most significant measure of whether the state truly embodies Jewish values, according to an American-born Reform rabbi who made aliyah back in 1990, and now runs a foundation devoted to bridging the divide between Jews and Arabs. "If Israel isn't a just state, then it won't survive," argued...
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State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-153) is set to introduce a bill -- one that appears to be garnering broad bipartisan support -- that calls on three state agencies to divest from companies that do business with any of the five nations labeled by the U.S. State Department as sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Sudan, Syria, North Korea and Cuba. The push...
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Ryan Teitman
Just weeks before the start of Passover, Jews from the Conservative movement got a vivid reminder of their ancestors' many trials and tribulations as they perused a number of ancient treasures -- among them royal diadems and golden statuettes -- culled from an empire that had kept the Jewish people in bondage. On Sunday at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia,...
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Officials at Gratz College hoped that screening a film about a teen girl's struggle to reconcile her homosexuality with Judaism, while also challenging her high school to become a more welcoming place, might prompt some discussion and send a message that the Melrose Park campus is an open environment for Jews of diverse backgrounds. Five years ago, Shulamit Izen --...
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