Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775

Lawmakers in both houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly have introduced companion bills that would require the state's school districts to offer Holocaust education. Last week, State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-District 8), a Democrat who represents parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County, introduced Senate Bill 1523. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-District 170) of Northeast Philadelphia, introduced a version of the bill...
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The only glimpse Jean Paul ever got of her father came from a handful of yellowed photos. William Steinhurst was already deployed in World War II when she was born. He died in a plane crash near the French Alps in November 1944 when she was five months old. This weekend, the 67-year-old retired social worker from Elkins Park will...
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Armin Rosen, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Juba, South Sudan This city in the world's newest country is not your typical Arabic-speaking capital. For one thing, most of the city's inhabitants are Christian. For another, the Israeli flag is ubiquitous here. "I love Israel," said Joseph Lago, who sells pens, chewing gum and phone cards at a small wooden stall decorated with Israeli and South Sudanese flags...
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Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Washington Advocates for Alan Gross, who is serving prison time in Cuba, say that talk of a trade for five Cuban spies is a non-starter. But they acknowledge hopes that the Obama administration will consider lower-level concessions in exchange for Cuban considerations for the jailed American. Insiders say that Gross' advocates want the U.S. government to consider, among other things,...
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Rabbi Steve Stroiman
When a couple dozen former students and staff of the Jewish Educational Workshop convened recently for the 40th anniversary reunion of this innovative program for teens in the early 1970s, the words "profound influence" resonated throughout the room. What was it about this program, we asked ourselves as we reminisced and viewed slides of those years, that made such an...
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