Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774
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The idea seemed simple enough: invite a knowledgeable speaker to the synagogue who could offer the congregation a more in-depth understanding of Islam and the Muslim-American community. But Rabbi Jim Egolf waded into a minefield when, on the advice of a local Muslim leader, he asked a representative of the Council on Islamic-American Relations to shed light on the faith...
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For Baruch Seff, making aliyah isn't a question of if, but when. So when the 34-year-old project manager from Cherry Hill, N.J., heard that young entrepreneurs who were driving social change in Israel would speak in Center City on Monday, he jumped at the chance to build connections to his future home. The Nefesh B'Nefesh panel discussion was the latest...
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Standing before an auditorium filled with 130 high school students -- many of whom seemed to be stuck in a post-lunch lull -- Alan Luxenberg pointed to a screen where an unlabeled map of the Middle East appeared. He zoomed in on a portion of the image, then asked, "What are we looking at?" He was met with silence. "It's...
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Environmentalism and the Internet: two words you don't hear too often in the same sentence. But 19 young Jewish environmentalists are hoping this combination will be just the thing to connect and promote environmental activism across the world. Together, this group recently launched Jewcology.com , an interactive web portal loaded with eco-conscious blogs, discussion forums, event listings and educational resources...
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In the third floor beit midrash at the University of Pennsylvania Hillel, Emery "Eliezer" Williams gazed straight ahead while the students around him bowed over prayerbooks, swaying back and forth to the rhythm of their silent worship. His stance was not the only thing that set him apart. At 47 years of age, Williams has a distinct seniority in this...
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