Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
Howard Reed owns a small piece of American-Jewish history. Family lore has it that his maternal grandmother, Rebecca Steiner, was the first woman to graduate from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy -- itself the first such institution in North America -- circa 1900. Now Reed, a retired postal clerk, is writing his own chapter in his people's history as the National...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
After 36 years, the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center is getting ready to say goodbye. Well, sort of. "We're not closing, because that gives the idea that we're going under, never to be seen again," said president Carole Le Faivre-Rochester. "As a center that's true, but as an archive that's not true at all." Beginning early next year, the archives will...
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Aaron Passman
The Declaration of Independence was lost, and it was up to Hannah Lee and her puppet frog François to help find it. Amid sweltering heat, they rummaged through Old City's cobblestone streets in search of a quill pen to be used by Benjamin Franklin to sign the famous document -- if and when it turned up. Fortunately, they had some...
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On a vessel that's seen war sits a display on the Holocaust
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A new exhibit about the Holocaust on the Battleship New Jersey lets visitors view images of the atrocities that occurred more than 60 years ago in Nazi-occupied Europe and, by its conclusion, challenges viewers to ponder more modern-day genocides that still rage around the world. The multimedia display, "The Holocaust and Genocide: The Betrayal of Humanity," was put together by...
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To survive the Holocaust, the Jews had to battle near-impossible conditions -- hunger, filth, disease, ceaseless work, endless brutality. The fact that many made it until liberation was often a matter of sheer luck, as countless survivors have testified over the years since the end of World War II. But if it was difficult for the majority of people, how...
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