Friday, May 29, 2015 Sivan 11, 5775

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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
Astronaut Garrett E. Reisman -- the first Jewish crew member of the International Space Station -- says that his most mystical moment in space came when he first saw the earth's atmosphere. "My religious moment wasn't seeing the earth from space, although that was incredible," said the 41-year-old native of Morristown, N.J. "It was seeing the thin blue atmosphere that...
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The weeks following the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip may seem like a particularly inauspicious time to start up an organization devoted to advancing the cause of peace in the Middle East. However, a group of University of Pennsylvania students -- both Jewish and Arab -- feel that there may be no better time to give...
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While the Philadelphia region was not hit nearly as hard by Bernard Madoff's alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme as other regions -- New York City, say, or Palm Beach, Fla. -- several dozen area individuals, estates and family trusts turned up on a court document, released last week, that painted a fuller picture of those who fell victim to the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Effective March 1, the Glendale Uptown Home will become a nonkosher facility, leaving Philadelphia proper without a certified glatt-kosher nursing home. While the facility has not technically been a Jewish home since it was sold in 2006, a large number of its residents are Jewish, and it has long been associated with Philadelphia's Jewish community. Executive director Ed Harding recently...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When the buses left around four in the morning, most people were only sure of two things -- that lines would be long, and it would be cold. Among the lines, the craziness, the crowds and the festive environment, the 56th presidential inauguration often felt like a trip to Disneyland -- only the theme park was the...
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