Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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Ryan Teitman
Abram Shnaper was shipped among seven different concentration camps throughout World War II. After narrowly escaping death at the last of them, he said, the first significant thing he did once he was liberated was to sit down and write down everything that had happened to him. He had found an old, battered, salt-and-pepper notebook, which served this purpose perfectly...
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Ryan Teitman
Smack dab in the center of the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance rests a whiteboard that serves as a briefing point for staff members and volunteers. Neat rows of colored symbols, like ancient glyphs, adhere to the white space, encoding the day's necessary information: delivery routes, drivers, meal types. For Revelle Gershman -- one of MANNA's longtime volunteers -- organizing...
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Officials at Gratz College hoped that screening a film about a teen girl's struggle to reconcile her homosexuality with Judaism, while also challenging her high school to become a more welcoming place, might prompt some discussion and send a message that the Melrose Park campus is an open environment for Jews of diverse backgrounds. Five years ago, Shulamit Izen --...
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Ryan Teitman
Just weeks before the start of Passover, Jews from the Conservative movement got a vivid reminder of their ancestors' many trials and tribulations as they perused a number of ancient treasures -- among them royal diadems and golden statuettes -- culled from an empire that had kept the Jewish people in bondage. On Sunday at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia,...
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Like a great many Philadelphians, Michael J. Masch never paid much attention to politics in the state capital. The former city budget director under Mayor Ed Rendell said that the intrigue in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C., always took up his political attention. But since 2003, Masch has had plenty of reason to pay attention to Harrisburg; for the past...
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