Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Tishri 28, 5775

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Longtime communal lead­er Theodore "Ted" Mann laughed with his mouth full when asked if he really believes that voting Republican is inconsistent with Jewish values -- as he suggests in his new book. "I think so," replied the 84-year-old, who for decades played a leading role in national Jewish organizational life. "To the extent that Republicans seem to care so...
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Whether you call it destiny, bashert or yuanfen, for Alison Klayman, it all came down to housing. Living, that is, with a Beijing roommate who, in 2008, asked her if she was interested in doing a companion video for a new exhibition opening in the gallery where the roommate worked. The artist: Ai Weiwei, who is today generally considered to...
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Kim Decker and her teenage son, Bennett, waited in a packed auditorium last month at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel for the start of an election program that featured some prominent Jewish supporters of the president, an audience with some hecklers and plenty of rhetorical fireworks. But mother and son managed to discuss President Barack Obama's record civilly, even if they...
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An area couple who has touched hundreds of children's lives will set one last example as they leave for their new home in Jerusalem next week. Rabbi Todd Zeff, longtime director of Camp Ramah in the Poconos, his wife, Aliza, a 13-year-veteran teacher at the Perelman Jewish Day School, and their three young children are taking a leap of faith...
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Zoe Cohen and Ken Rosso are due to have their second child in September, and if it's a boy, they're already set on not circumcising him. The West Philly couple made the same decision three years ago when their son was born, and they have no regrets. As far as they're concerned, she says, honoring an ancient ritual isn't worth...
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