Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775

The jury is in, though the verdict on what a proposed Holocaust memorial on the Atlantic City boardwalk will look like remains a good ways off. Architect Daniel Libeskind and scholar Michael Berenbaum are among the individuals recently named to a jury that will decide the winner in an open design competition; the goal is to choose a concept for...
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Philadelphia City Council passed legislation last week that would prohibit the city from accepting a bid, or holding investments in, foreign-owned firms that do business with Iran or Sudan. Its primary sponsor, Democratic Councilman James Kenney, insisted that the bill is not just a symbolic victory, but will hurt both countries in the pocketbook as well. He did acknowledge that...
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Natan Sharansky still carries star power, but he's going to need more than that to succeed as the new chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The former Soviet dissident -- whose 1986 triumphant stride to freedom across a Berlin bridge heralded the opening of the floodgates for hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews -- is now at the helm...
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It's no secret that the Jewish population of Lower Merion has grown by leaps and bounds over the course of several decades. And, little by little, pieces of the Jewish infrastructure, from synagogues to kosher restaurants to an eruv, have proliferated to keep up with the tides. However, to purchase a plot at a Jewish cemetery for burial, residents of...
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Stern Hebrew High School's efforts to take up residence in the old Akiba Hebrew Academy facility in Merion Station took a small step forward on Nov. 19 at a Lower Merion Township zoning hearing. The Modern Orthodox day school, along with the Kohelet Foundation, is seeking the zoning board's approval to alter the facilities on the premises. Chief among the...
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