Sunday, April 19, 2015 Nisan 30, 5775

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Jared Shelly
Nobody can accuse Ran Nakash of taking the easy road. A career soldier in the Israel Defense Force, he has seen plenty of combat action. During peacetime, the 29-year-old is the IDF's head trainer of Krav Maga, an Israeli fighting system. Tougher still, however, may be Nakash's other career -- professional boxer. Using his heavy-handed punching style, he has been...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Down a narrow cellblock alley at Eastern State Penitentiary, beyond a locked gate, is a small room that's been overlooked and forgotten for nearly four decades. Though time and weather have taken their toll, there is no mistaking what the hidden space is -- a synagogue. From the early 1920s until the beginning of the 1970s, the synagogue behind the...
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Aaron Passman
It was all hard hats and "Hatikvah" last Monday in Bryn Mawr at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Raymond and Ethel Goldberg Tennis Center on the future campus of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, formerly Akiba Hebrew Academy. Board of directors president Jay Dorsch led the May 12 ceremony, which included remarks from several Barrack co-chairs and community leaders...
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Rabbi Menachem Schmidt said that he had no idea he was even being considered for a fellowship from a major foundation. But several weeks ago, the founder of the Lubavitch House at the University of Pennsylvania learned that he had been awarded a $225,000 grant to a project of his choosing. At a March 12 press conference at its New...
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Nearly a year after Hillel held a groundbreaking ceremony at Temple University to symbolically mark the start of construction on a new Jewish center there, students, donors and officials gathered for a short celebration marking the actual commencement of demolition and construction. A project long in the works, the 13,000-square-foot Edward H. Rosen Hillel Center is expected to be completed...
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