Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775
By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Four years ago, Kelly Galfand couldn't take her kids to synagogue on Shabbat. That's because doing so would render Galfand, an observant Jew in Lower Merion, at odds with Jewish law. Halachah prescribes that only Jews living within a certain designated zone -- called an eruv -- can perform certain tasks on Shabbat. For those living outside the zone, activities...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
According to Neil Lazarus, a British Jew who now lives in Israel, the fight to preserve the Jewish state is not just ideological or political. It's also a linguistic shouting match. As an advocate for Israel, Lazarus wants to provide the weapons -- in this case, words -- to help crush Israel's enemies. "I'm going to be perfectly honest," Lazarus...
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By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Judy Meisel told her story to a room filled with Catholic school teachers: She spoke of how she was taken from her native Lithuania to the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland; how she managed to escape a death march after Allied aircraft mistakenly bombed them; and how she finally fled to Denmark, where a couple nursed her back to health...
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Geoffrey W. Melada, JE Feature
PITTSBURGH Lynn Swann is a man who hasn't grown accustomed to losing. The 54-year-old from Sewickley Heights, just north of Pittsburgh, was a star football player for the University of Southern California who made it to two Rose Bowls. After being drafted by the Steelers in 1974, Swann went on to earn four Super Bowl rings with the team in...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
For Estelle Gilbert, voting on Nov. 7 meant voicing her opinion on one particular issue: the war in Iraq. "Get the war over in Iraq," said Gilbert after voting at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Northeast Philadelphia. "Bring the boys home!" The issues were not so cut-and-dried for some other voters in the the 58th Ward, 13th Division. For...
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