Thursday, March 5, 2015 AdarI 14, 5775
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Ryan Teitman
Residents at the nursing home call Doris Grossmann by many names: the "Shabbas lady," the "challah lady." Some call her "rabbi." She always replies back to them that she's not a rabbi, only a teacher -- a vocation she's held for her entire adult life. Their response: "You are our rabbi." Grossmann volunteers as a parachaplain at Saunders House, a...
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For the past 15 years or so, the Torah scroll at Beth Chaim Reform Congregation has been shuttled back and forth between the synagogue's various meeting spots -- which have included a barn, a college Catholic center and several public school buildings, among other locations. Its temporary "home" -- if you can actually call it that -- has most recently...
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Abuelgesim Mohamed, a 47-year-old Darfuri native, blames the continuing genocide in his homeland on a slew of false promises: wrangling inside the United Nations, the Abuja peace agreement, even President George Bush's "not on my watch" declaration. But marching arm-in-arm with fellow Darfurians down Market Street on Sunday, Mohamed said that the commitment of one group in particular has been...
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West Philadelphia native Harry Azoff recalls exactly where he was on May 15, 1948 -- the day that David Ben-Gurion read Israel's Declaration of Independence, creating the first Jewish state in more than 2,000 years. On that day, the now 83-year-old was nowhere near Tel Aviv; nevertheless, he retains vivid memories of the historic moment -- memories that educators thought...
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For Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, the conflict between Islam and the West is centered around religious beliefs, and the actions that adherence to faith can evoke. "We can craft a legacy of bloodshed in the name of God," he said, "or peacemaking in the name of God." Hirschfield, the president of CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, appeared...
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