Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

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Standing with his arms crossed, Zion Bakshi gazed at a collage of photos and clippings harkening back to his life as a wrestling champion. Back then, more than 50 years ago, wrestling in Israel didn't pay the bills, so he traded in his beloved sport to study engineering in Philadelphia. But the 75-year-old Center City resident still mulls over his...
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The first meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Israel Action Coalition passed without a hitch, bringing together activists from across the political spectrum. Some 120 local activists came to the June 7 meeting, representing a true cross-section of the community that included rabbis of different streams as well as members of both J Street and the Zionist Organization...
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Nearly a year after the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law calling on the state's retirement funds to divest from foreign companies doing business in Iran and Sudan, a total of 14 of those firms have cut their ties with the rogue nations or expressed the intent to do so. According to an audit that's been conducted over the past...
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Betsy Teutsch, Jewish Exponent Feature
The drafting table where I have been perched, creating ketubot for the past 37 years, has proven to be a ringside seat for detecting trends in the Jewish community. In honor of June, which was once peak wedding month and still is a popular time to exchange vows, here are some of my ethno-sociological observations: May and June were popular...
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Arecent synagogue program focusing on the fallout from President Barack Obama's recent speeches on the Middle East was touted as a nonpartisan, educational town hall meeting. But two speakers at the May 25 event called for the election of a new president in 2012 and the majority of the audience cheered. If nothing else, the evening seemed to signify that...
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