Monday, July 6, 2015 Tammuz 19, 5775
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann expected a parade of ghoulish figures to enter her West Philadelphia mansion on Halloween night. Still, when a student dressed as a suicide bomber posed with the costumed president -- and then posted the picture online -- the incident caused more than just a holiday scare. To many in the Jewish community, in particular,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
On April 29, 1945, Ernest Gross, a 19-year-old Romanian Jew, found himself waiting in a line of prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp, outside Munich. After 11 months in captivity in various camps, Gross' body was reduced to mere skin and bones. As he made his way toward the front of the line, he got his first glimpse of the...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Judy Meisel told her story to a room filled with Catholic school teachers: She spoke of how she was taken from her native Lithuania to the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland; how she managed to escape a death march after Allied aircraft mistakenly bombed them; and how she finally fled to Denmark, where a couple nursed her back to health...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While riding on a bus in Jerusalem in May 2003, Steve Averbach noticed something strange about a Chasidic Jew seated nearby: A bulge was visible from underneath his jacket. Other passengers soon realized the possibility that the man was a suicide bomber, and began to take cover by ducking behind seats. Trained to fight terrorism as an Israel Defense Force...
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More than two years after the Presbyterian Church USA angered many Jews by issuing a strong rebuke of Israel at its national general assembly, a group of clergy representing the 2.5-million-member Presbyterian denomination concluded a series of consultations with Jewish leaders that organizers hoped would lay the groundwork for better relations between the two religious communities. "We are really at...
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