Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774
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With Israeli ground forces battling Hamas fighters in Gaza -- and as casualties there mount and rockets continue to fall on cities in southern Israel -- speculation has grown about just what course President-elect Barack Obama will take when he assumes power. Will he reaffirm Israel's right to self-defense or call for a cease-fire? Will he fully immerse himself in...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When the fighting erupted between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Rabbi David Straus found himself in a quandary: how to deal with leading a group of more than 80 congregants on a trip through the Jewish state while the country was at war. Straus and his contingent from Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood were one of several...
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Phyllis Rubin, JE Feature
If they're playing Hava Nagilah, Tsena Tsena and selections from "Fiddler on the Roof" on saxophones, string bass and accordion, and all the men are dancing together, it's got to be a Jewish wedding, right? Could be, but if sequins, banjos and feathers are involved, it's most likely the Avalon String Band, performing right on Broad Street, New Year's Day...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Adam Cooper has been to Israel four times, with three of those visits taking place in the past two years. But it was his most recent stay, in early November, that still resonates with the 32-year-old Center City resident, an emergency physician at the Philadelphia V.A. Medical Center. From Nov. 8 to Nov. 13, more than a dozen U.S. doctors...
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A former lay leader of the Vaad: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia is working on a part-time, interim basis to help restart the organization that essentially shut down this summer after the previous executive director, Rabbi David Gutterman, left his position there. Rabbi Robert Layman took up the post last month of interim executive director, at the offices...
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