Sunday, August 31, 2014 Elul 5, 5774
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
For more than 100 years -- and for countless generations of young Philadelphians -- Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse in East Fairmount Park has embodied the dictionary definition of what a playground should be: a place for kids to enjoy themselves without restraint. The play space is tucked away on a tree-lined patch of 6.5 acres within the park, just...
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In the latest controversial intersection between Middle East politics and American campus life, the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a Virginia-based educational research foundation, withdrew its $1.5 million offer to fund an endowed chair at Temple University after not receiving an answer from the school for more than six months. What this means depends on whom you ask. Some consider...
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A cross section of the city's Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders gathered Jan. 3 in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where they offered prayers in English, Hebrew and Arabic, not for world peace but for something much closer to home: a reduction in the violent crime that has gripped this city for...
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State Sen. Connie Williams (D-District 17) announced that she will not seek re-election come November, and that she will step down when her term expires at the end of 2008. "This has been an incredibly rewarding 11 years, but it's not my whole life," said Williams, whose legislative career began in 1997, when she was elected to represent the 149th...
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A cold, steady rain fell as darkness descended, but the weather didn't dampen many spirits in the considerable crowd that had gathered. More than 120 people had been drawn to the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia to mark the birth of a new Jewish institution -- a talmudic yeshiva -- in a corner of the city that has seen its fair...
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