Monday, January 26, 2015 Shevat 6, 5775
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Meir and Shira Reiner thought it was time to leave Queens behind and move to a more affordable Orthodox community. Although Meir Reiner is an ordained rabbi, he works professionally as a high-tech entrepreneur. So basically, all he needs is a good Internet connection. The couple looked into numerous options, but a year-and-a-half ago, they settled on a fixer-upper within...
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Fredda Sacharow, Jewish Exponent Feature
He was part of a team that convinced 3,000 Bolivian farmers to stop growing coca for cocaine and start cultivating bananas. He helped forge an agreement that ended the bitter, three-month long Writers Guild strike in 2008. He moderated a discussion between Latvia's agriculture minister and its defense minister that nudged a fledgling government closer to democracy. He even finessed...
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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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