Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775
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Back in 1988, the sociologist Steven M. Cohen published a piece in Reform Judaism magazine under the provocative headline "Are Reform Jews Abandoning Israel?" Cohen, who now teaches at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York -- the Reform seminary -- argued that results from a national survey taken a year earlier pointed to a gap between...
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Marianna Salz may have been born in Latvia, but she grew up in the city of Philadelphia. Salz is an immigration lawyer with many friends -- also born in parts of the former Soviet Union -- who work in business, medicine and other white-collar professions. They own homes in suburban neighborhoods like Richboro and Lower Moreland, she said. So, Salz,...
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In the midst of a combative Democratic primary race, both U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-District 7) are slated to sit down with Jewish communal leaders to discuss issues ranging from the needs of social-service providers to American policy in the Middle East. On April 8, Sestak is scheduled to hold an off-the-record breakfast meeting...
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Former refusenik Yosef Begun still keeps a series of black-and-white sketches of Moses, and other biblical figures and scenes, that an inmate in a Soviet prison had drawn for him more than 30 years ago. Begun, who was arrested in the late 1970s for promoting Jewish education and identity to a Russian Jewish populace that had lost many of its...
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Aaron Passman
Some Jewish teachers in the Philadelphia School District are upset over the district's time-off policy as it pertains to Passover. The week of Monday, March 29 to Friday, April 2 was originally scheduled to be spring break, however Monday and Tuesday -- the start of Pesach -- were added back on the school calendar to partially make up for the...
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