Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774
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It's a safe bet that 17-year-old Zachary Heller never sang "God Bless America" more often than he did in the last couple of weeks. He sang the patriotic favorite a cappella, with recorded music, and finally, with a live musical accompaniment as he faced off against almost 150 other contestants during a local singing competition. In the end, Heller emerged...
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The current stand-off between Israel and Hezbollah represents the latest round in an escalating cold war between the United States and Iran -- with nothing less than the future direction of the entire Middle East at stake -- according to a former state department official and head of a Philadelphia-based think tank. Harvey Sicherman, president and director of the Foreign...
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In the summer of 2002 -- some 35 years after its founding -- the Reconstructionist movement got into the Jewish camping business. For decades, other religious denominations had considered summer camps vital for developing a strong sense of Jewish identity and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Now, four years after following suit, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation has officially moved...
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As many as 2,000 people gathered under the midday sun in Center City's Love Park on Monday to demonstrate their support for the State of Israel, as the nearly two-week-old conflict between the Jewish state and Hezbollah raged on, and diplomatic efforts to quell the fighting appeared to intensify. The rally came as roughly 1 million Israelis were sitting in...
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After racing down a ramp on his inline skates, Benjamin Lachower picks up speed, hits a smaller ramp, then sails high in the air, easily clearing a bar held some 9 feet high. "All right, Israel!" says a skating instructor, while his peers holler at and applaud Lachower's performance during an impromptu high-jump competition at Camp Woodward near State College,...
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