Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
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On the streets where Benjamin Franklin walked, James and Dolly Madison once lived, and George Washington may have slept, Colonial-era Jews also made their presence -- albeit a subtle one -- known. The cobblestone streets that William Penn designed between the Delaware and Schuykill rivers welcomed Jews as merchants, religious leaders and Revolutionary War supporters -- so much so that,...
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As conservative thinker Norman Podhoretz vociferously defended the Bush Doctrine, in addition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some members of the Center City audience he was addressing shook their heads, laughed or even heckled the man. When he then went on to advocate a pre-emptive strike against Iran to thwart the regime's nuclear capabilities, one woman called out,...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Jerry Ehrlich spent roughly two months treating patients at a makeshift medical camp in Darfur, Sudan. Elaine Webster and Amanda Dawson work here to tutor a refugee family from Ethiopia. And Mary Yee provides language services to immigrant and refugee students in the Philadelphia School District. These were just some of the outreach efforts lauded by HIAS and Council Migration...
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Jonathan Golluber, president of Silver Lining Home Health Care in Wyncote, recently visited Abington Memorial Hospital -- and Marcia Nacht -- to participate in challah-delivery services provided by the Joan Grossman Center for Chaplaincy and Healing, a program of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia.
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If all the world's a circle, include Philadelphia as a pit stop on the way to "Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel," a new exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. The display conveys the story of a little-known aspect of American carousel history and its connection to Jewish visual culture, including the...
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