Monday, August 29, 2016 Av 25, 5776
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Dani Passow
Recently, along with 23 other rabbinical students from eight different seminaries, I traveled to Senegal in Western Africa on a service-learning trip under the auspices of American Jewish World Service to volunteer in two remote villages. After arriving at the airport in Dakar, the country's capital, I approached the custom's desk. The clerk looked at me and said, " Je...
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More than 300 Jewish leaders from around the country, including nine from the Philadelphia area, converged on Washington, D.C., last week as part of the National Jewish Leadership Advocacy Day on Iran. The day seemed to signal a new phase of Jewish efforts to isolate Iran internationally, now that news reports suggest that the country may be on the verge...
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Israelis who don't believe that President Barack Obama is a friend of the Jewish state have got it wrong, according to Benny Begin, a Likud member of Knesset and son of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin. An Aug. 28 Jerusalem Post survey found that just 4 percent of Israeli Jews believe Obama's policies are pro-Israel; a similar poll released a...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
On a dreary Friday evening, new roommates Juliana Teibel and Erica Hochman were looking for some place to go. Hailing from Buffalo, N.Y., and Mountainside, N.J., respectively, the pair were new to Philadelphia and Temple University. The 18-year-olds admitted that they hadn't met many people yet -- besides each other -- and with countless student groups vying for their attention,...
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Dozens of voices reverberated in the high-ceilinged room, creating a powerful hum of background noise in the windowless space. About 150 men and women in their 20s and 30s -- many clearly dressed to impress -- were gathered about in clusters, every so often taking sips of the red or white wine in the clear plastic cups they'd picked up...
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