Sunday, April 19, 2015 Nisan 30, 5775
For the third straight year, Pennsylvania and Delaware have seen a decline in the number of anti-Semitic incidents, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit of such cases. The 2011 report, officially released on Oct. 30, cited 39 such incidents over the course of last year. Of those, there were 11 cases of property damage and 28 instances of harassment...
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In September 1912, Lewis and Matilda Fink were among a group of shop owners in Phoenixville who joined together to found Congregation B’nai Jacob, the oldest synagogue in Chester County. A century later, their 66-year-old grandson will serve as master of ceremonies at a gala dinner celebrating the Conservative synagogue's milestone anniversary.
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Graham Spanier, the Jewish former president of Penn State University whose parents fled Nazi Germany and who had been a big supporter of the campus Hillel, is now facing criminal charges. He was fired last year in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal that centered around former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
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While Jewish institutions in the Philadelphia area emerged from the recent storm relatively unscathed, such was not the case in New York and New Jersey, where the total cost of the devastation is still being assessed.
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Rabbi Joel Seltzer returns to his "Ramahnik" roots as the new director of Camp Ramah in the Poconos - a daydream come true for the young father who most recently worked as a pulpit rabbi in Providence, R.I.
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