Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

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Jeremy Rudoler had finally moved college applications out of his consciousness last winter when the University of Pennsylvania emailed to say that early decisions would be posted online the evening of Friday, Dec. 9. "That got me freaking out," remembered Rudoler, a senior at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. Worse, he'd have to deal with the suspense for an extra...
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Israel's consul general in Philadelphia has told local J Street supporters that as engaged Diaspora Jews, they have a right to voice criticism of Israeli policies -- but be careful what you say and how you say it. "Jews around the world not only have the right to express opinions on Jewish and Israeli matters" but "Israel has the duty...
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Israel has "never had 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and we never will," Michael Oren, the country's ambassador to the United States, told a sold-out crowd of 500 people at an Equality Forum dinner at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Saturday. He went on to describe how the state intervened to make sure a gay pride parade would...
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When more than 60 local rabbis from different streams got together last week to talk about the future of denominations, the result was less a discussion about the alphabet soup of organizations than about how to meet the spiritual needs of Jews. Titled "How Relevant are Denominations to 21st Century American Jews?" the Center City program illustrated the extent to...
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One of the most important documents in American Jewish history hasn't been seen by the public in a decade but will soon be displayed at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The Philadelphia museum is set, for a limited time, to feature the original, handwritten 1790 letter that President George Washington wrote -- or at least signed -- to...
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