Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774
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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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Traveling exhibit depicts Pope John Paul II's ties to the Jewish people
Twenty-one years ago, two religious leaders of different faiths met, and history was made. On April 13, 1986, Pope John Paul II was welcomed to Rome's central synagogue by Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome. It was the first time a pope had ever visited a synagogue. In a new exhibit, now on display at the Kimmel Center for...
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Whether she looks north or south from the windows of her house in the Galilee, echoes of history come alive, explained poet Rachel Tzvia Back, who also noted that she is reminded daily of all that has transpired in the hills she now calls home. The cycle of violence in the region is brought vividly to life in the poems...
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