Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

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A New Jersey synagogue has abandoned its plans to build a new home in the Bucks County town of Langhorne, and instead has bought an existing church in nearby Newtown, eschewing a potential, and perhaps lengthy, legal battle in favor of a far less complicated relocation. Congregation Brothers of Israel, a 123-year-old Conservative Congregation in Trenton, N.J., won a zoning...
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Standing near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the oldest public Holocaust monument in North America, a small group of politicians, Jewish leaders and survivors of the Shoah blasted the Iranian regime for organizing a conference that sought to call into question the occurrence of the calamitous genocide. "It pains me to have to rebuke and denounce a government...
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Although walking through an actual cattle car used to transport Jews to concentration camps and gazing at images of dead bodies resonated deeply with Jamillah Hannibal, it was an exhibit featuring Nazi tools for measuring facial features and colors that proved most profound for the 16 year old. "You could put yourself up there, and look at your hair color...
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For 10 full seconds, the social hall at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Northeast Philadelphia fell silent, even though hundreds of people were in the midst of celebrating at an otherwise raucous Chanukah party. The hush from the crowd came as participants lay on the floor and leaned over tables, simultaneously spinning dreidels, hoping to break the world record...
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Ryan Teitman
"I think that most of us feel that our souls are shriveled up, emaciated, starving creatures," said Rabbi Naomi Levy. Then, the seven-year congregational rabbi from Venice Beach, Calif., went on to disagree with that statement, describing the soul as strong, beautiful and, most importantly, eternal. For the health-care professionals, caregivers and members of the religious community who were listening...
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