Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

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Birthright Israel NEXT, the nonprofit agency designed to continue engaging the young adults who took advantage of the agency's free trips to Israel after they return home, is downsizing and reshaping its operations in Philadelphia. Though details are still being finalized, officials say NEXT will be revived this winter in partnership with the volunteer-run Moishe House and Tribe 12, a...
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Ambassador Meron Reuben was having a harder time than usual as Israel's top diplomat at the United Nations. It wasn't just because of the latest Palestinian-led effort to pass a resolution in the Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements. It was also because of an Israeli labor dispute that was preventing Foreign Ministry officials from doing their jobs. The dispute,...
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Dressed in flame-resistant boots and wearing a gray uniform adorned with various patches and insignias, Moshe Geffen came across like a mischievous Boy Scout who seemingly can't get through a sentence without cracking a joke. But the 34-year-old Israeli firefighter's demeanor suddenly turned serious when the topic switched to the deadly Carmel Fire. The blaze made international headlines in December...
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Dribbling the soccer ball at a full sprint across the expanse of green turf, Zach Pfeffer treads so lightly and moves so quickly that the ball passes almost imperceptibly from one foot to the other. The 16-year-old makes the drill appear as effortless as breathing. Normally, such a display of skill and fitness would make the Upper Dublin High School...
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Jerry Sorkin knows Tunisia far better than the average American. In fact, that's exactly where the founder of TunisUSA, a touring company based in Wayne, spends much of the year. Since the early 1980s, when he began visiting the North African nation as an Oriental-rug dealer, Sorkin said that he's heard plenty of grumbling about official corruption. But even he...
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