Thursday, April 24, 2014 Nisan 24, 5774

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Ryan Teitman
Nearly every day, the papers bring fresh news of Sunni and Shi'ite sectarian violence erupting throughout Iraq. While these events are frequent, Westerners -- especially Americans -- find that explanations are scarce, for one simple reason: Few outside the region know much about Islam and its history. To answer some of the myriad questions about the ongoing conflict, the University...
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Ryan Teitman
"My culture of origin is in a head-on collision with the rest of the world," Nonie Darwish told the crowd gathered at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Northeast Philadelphia. The Egyptian-born journalist, lecturer and founder of ArabsForIsrael.com , a Web site that supports the state of Israel and Middle Eastern peace, spoke to the congregation on Feb. 26 about...
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Anita and Elycia Lerman weren't compelled to rush out and be among the first New Jersey couples to take advantage of the state's new Civil Union law that went into effect Feb. 19. After all, the Lambertville residents have been through the ceremony thing before. Back in 1994, the two women had a religious commitment ceremony-- a wedding, they insist...
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Attorney Leonard Barrack nominated to be Federation's next chair
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Jewish Exponent Staff
Leonard Barrack is a man who has been at the center of front-page headline news. As the senior and founding partner of Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, he has helped make legal history with securities class-action suits, such as his successful effort to bring restitution to investors in the failed Worldcom, Inc. As a political activist, he rose to be national...
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Ryan Teitman
Fred Blum rifles through records at the National Archives, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, the Philadelphia Free Library and the Philadelphia City Archives. He scours official Census records. He finds the links that others missed in the nooks and crannies of history. And he puts these sleuthing and research skills to good use as someone who helps the Red Cross reunite...
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