Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

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Ryan Teitman
"I, as a Christian believer, need to be a bigger advocate of Israel, and a better friend to the Jewish people," said William Devlin of Philadelphia, after returning from a five-day stay in Israel. "Now, I have a greater awareness, and now, I can say I've been there." On Sept. 10, Devlin went to Israel as part of a trip...
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Hans Koebler had heard stories from his grandfather, who had been a member of the Hitler youth. And he had learned about the Holocaust in school, but the youth had trouble wrapping his mind around events that took place before he was born. "It's not personal for us anymore as kids," said Koebler, 17. "It's dimensions we can't think of...
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City Controller Alan Butkovitz has been at the helm of a resolution to divest from Sudan, which Philadelphia's pension board passed on Sept. 27. This means that the city will stop using its $4.2 billion retirement chest to invest in companies that do business with the African nation in an effort to assist its struggling populace. Butkovitz, who came to...
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Growing up in rural Argentina, Leo Vinovesky, now 40, dreamed that he would one day become a representative of the State of Israel. "I had two aspirations as a teenager; one is that I would make aliyah, two is that I would represent my new, old country," recalled Vinovesky, who in 1987 emigrated from the Jewish settlement of Rosario, Argentina,...
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Ryan Teitman
When Etz Chaim of Eastern Montgomery County opens in a storefront right near the Elkins Park train station this November, commuters will have an exciting new option in Jewish education: "Torah Express." These 15-minute classes will allow commuters to have a danish and coffee, hear a brief lesson for the day, then catch their train to work. This innovative class...
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