Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
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Dressed in flame-resistant boots and wearing a gray uniform adorned with various patches and insignias, Moshe Geffen came across like a mischievous Boy Scout who seemingly can't get through a sentence without cracking a joke. But the 34-year-old Israeli firefighter's demeanor suddenly turned serious when the topic switched to the deadly Carmel Fire. The blaze made international headlines in December...
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Some of them didn't particularly care for the music of Macy Gray, an R&B and soul singer from Ohio. Others had never even heard of her, or that she had plans to perform in Israel next month. Nonetheless, a contingent of Israel advocates from the Philadelphia area took the time last week to become Facebook fans of the musician in...
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Dribbling the soccer ball at a full sprint across the expanse of green turf, Zach Pfeffer treads so lightly and moves so quickly that the ball passes almost imperceptibly from one foot to the other. The 16-year-old makes the drill appear as effortless as breathing. Normally, such a display of skill and fitness would make the Upper Dublin High School...
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Birthright Israel NEXT, the nonprofit agency designed to continue engaging the young adults who took advantage of the agency's free trips to Israel after they return home, is downsizing and reshaping its operations in Philadelphia. Though details are still being finalized, officials say NEXT will be revived this winter in partnership with the volunteer-run Moishe House and Tribe 12, a...
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University of Pennsylvania historian David Ruderman acknowledges that academics -- himself included -- often gear their writing to other scholars, rather than to a general audience. In addition, historians tend to stick to their own intellectual turf, rather than wading into unfamiliar waters. An expert on Jewish life and thought during the Italian Renaissance -- with an particular interest in...
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