Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

(JTA) — Kidnapped American Warren Weinstein called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to help free him from his Al Qaida captors. The plea from Weinstein, 71, was included in a video released by Al Qaida on Sept. 12. “As a Jew, I am appealing to you, Prime Minister Netanyahu, the head of the Jewish State of Israel, as one...
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At last week’s Zionist Organization of America gala dinner in Philadelphia, honoree David Horowitz, a conservative firebrand and staunch defender of Israel, surprised many in the audience when he revealed that he’d never been to the Jewish state. What didn’t come out at the dinner was news that likely will have a far deeper impact on the 115-year-old organization: Since...
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In preparation for Election Day, Edith Finkelstein checked with every resident on her floor to ensure that they had valid IDs. She lives at CASA Farnese, a subsidized low-income housing building at 13th and Lombard streets for older ad­ults — one of the groups potentially most affected by Pennsylvania’s voter identification law. With the exception of one man who told...
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Even if a 20-something pro­fessional attends the High Holiday Wine Tasting event, has a few drinks, acquires tickets for Rosh Ha­sha­nah, attends services -- but then doesn't join any congregation, the event is not a waste of time for a synagogue, said Michael Meketon of Congregation Levy Ha-Ir. "At that age, I didn't really care about affiliation," said Meketon, 48,...
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Jonathan Kremer, Jewish Exponent Feature
A family enters the synagogue room, a little boy holding his parents' hands and an older sister looking around with anticipation. At the front, the Rosh Hasha­nah service is being led by congregants. On a mat in the corner, children play quietly, then pause for a story that leads to a discussion of forgiveness. Some of the parents seated on...
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