Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774

Rachel Silverman

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Watch out, Oprah! There's a new book club in town, and it seeks to revolutionize the reading community in Philadelphia. According to Kehillah of Center City coordinator Catherine Fischer, "People of the Book" -- as the club is called -- aims to provide a citywide venue for the reading and discussion of books of Jewish interest. To do so, Fischer...
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Orthodox feminists gather to analyze ups and downs
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New York — The participants at the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance's international conference hardly looked like rebels. Some cradled babies; others wore long skirts or various types of head coverings. Many davened during breaks. Still, they came with a cause. In ways large and small, these individuals are attempting to rethink -- even reshape -- certain aspects of Orthodox Judaism...
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At the beginning of a two-hour presentation Monday at the National Museum of American Jewish History, 37-year-old lecturer and author Loolwa Khazzoom asked her audience where their ancestors derived. José Zighelboim said he's a Venezuelan Jew. Josef Kardos identified himself as a Jew who's half-Chinese, half-Hungarian. Others noted family from Latvia, Portugal, Iran and Israel. And all of these people...
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It's been seven years of real estate shopping, zoning-board hearings, fundraising and construction, but Lubavitch of the Main Line finally has a new home -- at one of the oldest spots in town. The General Wayne Inn, which once served as a pub for British redcoats and later as a post office founded by Benjamin Franklin, will now play host...
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It sounds like Spanish at first, but listen harder. The six students in Daisy Braverman's class are speaking a mostly dormant language -- Ladino. Invented by Jews in Spain, the idiom -- also known as Judeo-Spanish -- infused Hebrew elements into Castilian Spanish. Like Yiddish, Ladino provided Jews a vocabulary for daily usage outside of Hebrew, which was reserved for...
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