Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

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Helen Gottstein sits at the head of the room with her legs crossed and a scarf draped over her head. She tells the Philadelphia audience seated before her that she lives in Jerusalem and is a mother of 10 children, none of whom she wants serving in the Israeli army.
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A week after “Superstorm” Sandy swept into the New York area with fierce winds, driving rain and a high tide for the history books, the nation’s largest Jewish community was still picking up the pieces. JTA gathered stories from around the storm zone about Sandy’s destruction, the recovery and the remarkable tales of human kindness.
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JERUSALEM (JTA) — A charter flight of some 240 Ethiopian Jews that arrived last week launched the final stages of the aliyah from Ethiopia. The program, dubbed Operation Dove’s Wings, is an Israeli government initiative to bring the remainder of the Falash Mura — Ethiopians whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity — to Israel by March 2014. The Ethiopians...
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Top off your weekend with a trip to the Katz JCC in Jersey for a star-studded line-up at the annual Bank of America Festival of Arts, Books and Culture.
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Spirits soared — and some dimmed — at election watch parties Tuesday night with the news that President Barack Obama had won a second term. Supporters celebrated a victorious end to a slog of a campaign that had dragged on for 18 long months.
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