Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
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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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Hans Koebler had heard stories from his grandfather, who had been a member of the Hitler youth. And he had learned about the Holocaust in school, but the youth had trouble wrapping his mind around events that took place before he was born. "It's not personal for us anymore as kids," said Koebler, 17. "It's dimensions we can't think of...
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Roberta Ginsburg doesn't like divisiveness, nor will she tolerate complacency. That's why Ginsburg, 59, an East Falls resident, spends her free time coaching ex-criminal offenders and spearheading community-development initiatives. That's also why starting DNA Connect, a clearinghouse for genetic testing, was the perfect outgrowth of her interests. The company -- founded by Ginsburg in 2001 -- offers DNA tests for...
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