Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774
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The National Museum of American Jewish History's plan to construct a prominent new building on Independence Mall - a symbolic space that proponents say demonstrates just how the Declaration of Independence and Constitution have benefited a religious and ethnic minority - has undergone a slight revision. Rather than build on their current Fifth Street site between Market and Arch streets,...
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Mention the contentious issues of stem cells or cloning at a meeting of a Jewish communal organization that frequently weighs in on some of the more political topics of the day and you're likely to stir up a hornet's nest. Indeed, according to University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe, these two subjects have managed to replace abortion as "the...
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When Jewish Family Services opened its doors just three blocks from her home in Northeast Philadelphia, Bertha Rabinowitch marched right in and offered to volunteer. Every Wednesday she'd help out those in need with their income-tax returns. Now, more than 35 years since that day - she couldn't remember exactly how long - Rabinowitch is still volunteering for the organization,...
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Like so many other Chasidim living in the Soviet Union, Baruch Mordechai Lifshits was a target of the authorities from an early age. So, it came as no surprise when the 21-year-old, just newly engaged, found a swarm of KGB agents looking for evidence of his "subversive teachings." They came to his home - displaying a piece of paper indicating...
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Jennifer A. Katz, JE Feature
An evening tryst in June has added another wrinkle to the high-profile vehicular homicide case of Jewish restaurateur Susanna Goihman, charged with the hit-and-run death of 15-year-old Philadelphia resident Kayla Peter. Testimony surfaced earlier this month regarding an alleged affair with fellow Jewish restaurateur Alberto DelBello, who may now face legal issues of his own. Following a grand-jury indictment on...
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