Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
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Commemorating victims of the Holocaust remains a crucial act, but it should not be confused or conflated with the far more elusive process of remembering individuals whose lives were cut short by the Nazis, according to a noted author who's penned a memoir about his personal search to uncover the fate of relatives who perished then. "There is an impossibility...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
The memories flowed freely Sunday evening, as 600 congregants, staff and board members, past and present, filled the main sanctuary of Congregation Adath Jeshurun to celebrate a memorable occasion -- the synagogue's 150th anniversary. When an historic synagogue celebrates its sesquicentennial, one night to assess the past is hardly enough. And so, the gathering on May 4 was billed as...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
For the second year in a row, the Philadelphia Jewish community gathered inside the sanctuary of Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Center City for the annual Memorial Ceremony for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs. Even though the skies were clear -- and the sun was out, and the temperature rose to the low 70s -- the two-hour ceremony was relocated indoors,...
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Stephen J. Dubner, a former staff member of The New York Times Magazine and co-author of the bestselling book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything , said that he's a big believer in owning up to shortcomings. For example, Dubner practically bragged that his co-author, Steven D. Levitt -- a behavioral economist at the University of...
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Following more than a decade of advocacy by Hadassah and other Jewish organizations, the House and Senate have each passed a bill that would prohibit employers and health-insurance firms from discriminating against individuals based on information obtained through genetic testing. "This is a sigh of relief. Beneficial testing doesn't have to bring with it the fear of discrimination," said Susannah...
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