Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When Pfc. Richard J. Schmidt Jr.'s flight landed in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago, it marked the end of a four-day journey that took the U.S. army soldier from Afghanistan to Kuwait to Germany to Atlanta, and finally, to Philadelphia. After meeting his family at the airport, Schmidt insisted they take him for one last stop before officially starting...
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While 16-year-old Benjamin Lipsky walked with his family from Sukkot services to their home in Northeast Philadelphia, he was hit by a car, causing a massive head injury. The teenager died just hours later. "I feel like I lost my right arm," said his father, Mendel Lipsky, in a phone interview a few days after the Oct. 7 accident. The...
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Ryan Teitman
Before Sulaiman Khatib and Yonatan Shapira had even met, they were bitter enemies, at least in theory. One was a Palestinian activist and prisoner for 10 years in Israeli jails, the other an Israeli pilot who flew more than 100 missions in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. The two -- now members of a group called Combatants for Peace --...
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After 15 years of renting a building in Old City, Congregation Beth Ahavah will no longer have a space of its own, but instead will be housed at Congregation Rodeph Shalom's historic home on North Broad Street. Members insist that the upcoming move does not mean the end of a distinct community that serves gay and lesbian Jews. "This was...
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Gratz College is planning to establish a policy institute that will focus on Israel and Middle Eastern affairs. To be called the Center for Democracy in the Middle East, it will analyze the nature of the discourse taking place on college campuses across the country about these hot-button subjects. Administrators at the Elkins Park school, as well as backers of...
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