Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 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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The decision of the University of Pennsylvania's political-science department and Middle East Center to sponsor a talk by a controversial critic of Israel prompted a backlash from pro-Israel students, as well as a heated campus debate over just who should receive university support to present their views. At the center of the brouhaha is Norman G. Finkelstein, associate professor of...
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While many American Jews will spend Passover in neighborhood synagogues or seated around the tables of family or friends, some others will attempt to celebrate the holiday in the war-torn nations of Iraq or Afghanistan. To help provide these soldiers with a meaningful experience, members of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States packaged and shipped Passover baskets to...
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Young members of Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park joined with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism last month in Washington, D.C. The trip included teens from Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne; Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood; Old York Road Temple-Beth Am in Abington; and Temple Sholom in Broomall. The group participated in lobbying simulations,...
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A panel of experts stated unequivocally last week that Germany, the nation that launched a continent-wide genocidal campaign against the Jewish people, has today become a staunch critic of anti-Semitism, and even more than that, "Israel's best friend in Europe." These comments, made during a presentation at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Center City, gave rise to the question of just...
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