Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
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There hasn't been a Jewish member of Philadelphia City Council since the death of 90-year-old David Cohen in 2005. Now, at least two Jews are campaigning for a council seat, though there's still more than a month left to file to be on the ballot for the May 17 primary. One of the Jewish Democratic contenders is Cohen's daughter, Sherrie...
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On a section of the wall in Rabbi Albert Gabbai's book-lined living room hang images that conjure up moments in the life of Egypt's vanished Jewish community. In one photograph, taken in the early 1940s, a group of men dressed in traditional Ottoman hats hover over a swaddled infant, Gabbai's older brother, following his brit milah. But don't expect the...
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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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