Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

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Maverick labor leader Andrew Stern believes that America’s position as a global economic power — which has offered successive generations the proposition of a better life through hard work and diligence — is in danger of slipping away. Speaking to more than 200 business and civic leaders at a Nov. 17 lunchtime event at the Union League in Center City,...
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The National Museum of American Jewish History's plan to construct a prominent new building on Independence Mall - a symbolic space that proponents say demonstrates just how the Declaration of Independence and Constitution have benefited a religious and ethnic minority - has undergone a slight revision. Rather than build on their current Fifth Street site between Market and Arch streets,...
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Mention the contentious issues of stem cells or cloning at a meeting of a Jewish communal organization that frequently weighs in on some of the more political topics of the day and you're likely to stir up a hornet's nest. Indeed, according to University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe, these two subjects have managed to replace abortion as "the...
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When Jewish Family Services opened its doors just three blocks from her home in Northeast Philadelphia, Bertha Rabinowitch marched right in and offered to volunteer. Every Wednesday she'd help out those in need with their income-tax returns. Now, more than 35 years since that day - she couldn't remember exactly how long - Rabinowitch is still volunteering for the organization,...
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Like so many other Chasidim living in the Soviet Union, Baruch Mordechai Lifshits was a target of the authorities from an early age. So, it came as no surprise when the 21-year-old, just newly engaged, found a swarm of KGB agents looking for evidence of his "subversive teachings." They came to his home - displaying a piece of paper indicating...
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