Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-District 7), a first-term lawmaker from Delaware County, has been appointed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council oversees the 18-year-old U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The council is made up of 55 individuals appointed by the president, five members of the Senate,...
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Torah Academy has earned accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools, principal Rabbi Shmuel Jablon announced last week in a newsletter. This distinction validates the quality of the school, as well as its focus on strategic planning and school improvement, wrote Jablon. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Kohelet Foundation provided...
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Josh Lederman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Jerusalem It's late afternoon at Hadassah Medical Center when the woman with fierce red hair and blue eye shadow strides determinedly into the lobby, a black-and-red guitar bag slung over her green military get-up. The two young soldiers trailing her inform her that her next patient is ready and waiting. But before Ritasue Charlestein can make it to the next...
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Olivia Mattis knew that her father's family had escaped Brussels on May 10, 1940, the very day that the Nazis invaded the country. She knew that her mother had spent three years as a hidden child in Belgium. Mattis, a musicologist and academic administrator at Stony Brook University, glanced at the yellow fabric Jewish star pinned on her dress --...
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A few months after Judith Bernstein-Baker had assumed the top post at HIAS and Council Migration Service in 1998, she was working late when the phone rang. She picked up, figuring it must be her husband at that hour. Instead, it was a U.S. customs official at the airport. He had a family there from Kosovo who somehow managed to...
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