Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

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Daniel Blas
When Adam Wachs signed up for a yeshiva gap-year program between high school and college, he knew that he'd be spending much of his time -- more than nine hours a day -- sitting in the beit midrash pouring over ancient Jewish texts while learning Hebrew, and discussing Bible and Zionism. He did not expect, however, to compete in the...
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Laura Goldman
On March 30, the same night the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Houston Rockets 108-97, the hometown team also hosted the second annual Jewish Heritage night, replete with Jewish food, culture and a rock star. More than 16,000 people came out for the event, which was presented by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. In addition to a post-game concert by Grammy-nominated...
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Jerusalem's deputy mayor, Naomi Tsur, is on a mission to create a green link between her city and Philadelphia. As the head of sustainability in the office of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Tsur doesn't deal with security, politics or religious tensions. Instead, her portfolio focuses on issues such as climate change, recycling and planning for a healthier, environmentally sound future...
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About this time last year, 21-year-old Sarah Zolkower stood before more than 30 fellow undergraduates at St. Joseph's University, maneuvering action figures through red Jell-O to re-enact the story of Moses parting the Red Sea. Nontraditional -- yes. But it was Zolkower's way or no Passover seder at all on her Catholic campus. But that changed this year. On Sunday,...
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Rabbi Linda Holtzman's voice quavered noticeably as she read the names of the 146 individuals -- the victims were largely Jewish and Italian women -- who perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York on March 25, 1911. A day shy of a century later, more than 200 people recited the Kaddish prayer in their memory, albeit with a...
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