Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
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Israel's consul general in Philadelphia has told local J Street supporters that as engaged Diaspora Jews, they have a right to voice criticism of Israeli policies -- but be careful what you say and how you say it. "Jews around the world not only have the right to express opinions on Jewish and Israeli matters" but "Israel has the duty...
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Rabbi Steve Stroiman
When a couple dozen former students and staff of the Jewish Educational Workshop convened recently for the 40th anniversary reunion of this innovative program for teens in the early 1970s, the words "profound influence" resonated throughout the room. What was it about this program, we asked ourselves as we reminisced and viewed slides of those years, that made such an...
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The leader of Havana's Sephardic synagogue is urging American Jews to put aside their fears and visit Cuba. The 1,400-member community thrives off contact with the wider Jewish world and can use all the help it can get, according to Dr. Mayra Levy, president of the Centro Hebreo Sefardi de Cuba. "We have our Jewish life with Cuban style. We...
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When more than 60 local rabbis from different streams got together last week to talk about the future of denominations, the result was less a discussion about the alphabet soup of organizations than about how to meet the spiritual needs of Jews. Titled "How Relevant are Denominations to 21st Century American Jews?" the Center City program illustrated the extent to...
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One of the most important documents in American Jewish history hasn't been seen by the public in a decade but will soon be displayed at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The Philadelphia museum is set, for a limited time, to feature the original, handwritten 1790 letter that President George Washington wrote -- or at least signed -- to...
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