Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Kislev 4, 5775
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Why would someone who witnessed a rape decide not to call the police? Should Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno have been fired for something that happened under his watch even if he wasn't directly involved? These were the big questions posed to students at the Perelman Jewish Day School's Saligman Middle School last week as they gathered to...
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Congressman-elect Patrick Murphy (D-District 8) remarked that bipartisan work won't be a stretch for him -- after all, it's a part of his life. His mother, Margaret Murphy, works for retiring State Sen. Joseph Conti (R-District 10), and his wife, Jennifer, was once a member of the College Republicans. He himself voted for President George W. Bush in 2000, and...
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Win Htay gives a glimmer of a shy smile as she holds up a delicate, hand-crocheted yarmulke. The 28-year-old had never heard of a yarmulke until she came here four years ago, resettled by HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia as she fled political and military repression in Myanmar.
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Just outside the entrance to Mikveh Israel's sanctuary, a display case houses replicas of letters to the historic congregation from three American presidents: George Washington in 1790, Abraham Lincoln in 1862 and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who in 1940 offered congratulations on the shul's 200th anniversary. These days, though, the focus at the Old City, Sephardi congregation that sits on Independence...
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Plates full of Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing were placed alongside Asian cuisine and kugel on a buffet table stretched across the gymnasium in the Old Pine Community Center in Society Hill.
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