Monday, January 26, 2015 Shevat 6, 5775

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It's a safe bet that 17-year-old Zachary Heller never sang "God Bless America" more often than he did in the last couple of weeks. He sang the patriotic favorite a cappella, with recorded music, and finally, with a live musical accompaniment as he faced off against almost 150 other contestants during a local singing competition. In the end, Heller emerged...
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The current stand-off between Israel and Hezbollah represents the latest round in an escalating cold war between the United States and Iran -- with nothing less than the future direction of the entire Middle East at stake -- according to a former state department official and head of a Philadelphia-based think tank. Harvey Sicherman, president and director of the Foreign...
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In the summer of 2002 -- some 35 years after its founding -- the Reconstructionist movement got into the Jewish camping business. For decades, other religious denominations had considered summer camps vital for developing a strong sense of Jewish identity and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Now, four years after following suit, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation has officially moved...
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Hoping to whet many an appetite, the Gershman Y choose a panel discussion about the fine art of food writing -- including one journalist who even penned an article about the Jewish obsession with pork -- to kick off its participation in the "Live at the 92nd Street Y Program." Begun in 2002, the satellite broadcast program allows Jewish institutions...
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As Hezbollah-launched Katyusha rockets fell on northern Israeli cities over the past few days and casualties mounted on both sides of the Lebanese border, organizing began for three separate rallies aimed to express solidarity with the Jewish state. Also at issue was the release of three Israeli soldiers currently in captivity. Two rallies are planned for the night of Thursday,...
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