Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775

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As the sky threatened to unleash a Sunday afternoon storm, a crowd gathered around a fire truck blocking an otherwise quiet residential street in Cherry Hill, N.J. Like the onlookers, however, police and fire officials were not there last month to respond to an emergency, but to welcome home a local hero: Avi Behar, a 24-year-old lieutenant in the U.S...
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After 13 years at the helm of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Contemporary Art, Claudia Gould will become the next director of the 107-year-old Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She will replace Joan Rosenbaum, who is retiring after 30 years, and will assume the new role sometime this fall, the museum recently announced. Gould, 55,...
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Susan Perloff, JE Feature
"I love Meryl Levitz," says Ed Rendell -- on the record. "No one has done more consistently for the city over the last 20 years than Meryl. She's a tireless worker. "When I was mayor and governor, I was happy to be able to give her some of the resources she needed to be incredibly effective. And she has been."...
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The director of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition asked if a representative of the group could testify at an upcoming Harrisburg hearing on immigration. The request was considered, but the director was told, in effect, "Thanks, but no thanks." State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-District 12), the chairman of the Pennsylvania House's State Government Committee, called for the hearings, which began Aug...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
August came and went with some unexpected surprises down the shore -- an earthquake, a hurricane and, maybe equally as groundbreaking, a glatt-kosher deli. Shalom Pita -- opened in May 2010 in Ventnor, N.J., as a kosher falafel and pizza place -- took a new turn after Tisha B'Av this year, when it went from dairy to meat. While falafel...
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