Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

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Yosef Mendelevich's memoir Unbroken Spirit, which tells of his life and times as a refusenik in the Soviet Union, begins with a bang, both stylistically and quite literally. Back in 1969, the 22-year-old Latvian-born Mendelevich and a number of other young Jews were involved in a daring plot to hijack a Soviet plane and fly it to Sweden; once in...
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In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Reform movement's ordination of the first female rabbi, the National Museum of American Jewish History last week brought together the first women ordained by the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements, as well as a modern Orthodox religious leader who was given the newly coined title, rabba. The following report includes an excerpt...
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There were no marshmallows to roast, no mosquitoes to ward off and no heat emanating from the "fire." Still, a small group of young professionals suspended reality for a moment as they gathered around a miniature "campfire" on the second floor of the National Museum of American Jewish History to share memories of summers past. As children across the region...
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Following on the heels of a 2010 statute forcing Pennsylvania's pension funds to divest from companies doing business with Iran or Sudan, a Philadelphia lawmaker has introduced new legislation that would prohibit firms involved in Iran's energy sector from bidding for state contracts. Senate Bill 1543 was introduced June 5 by Senator Mike Stack (D-District 5) and co-sponsored by eight...
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Howard Krein, a physician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Ashley Blazer Biden, daughter of Vice President Joe Biden, apparently had little trouble finding a rabbi to co-officiate at their church wedding in Wilmington, Del., over the weekend.
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