Friday, May 29, 2015 Sivan 11, 5775

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After months of debate and even a rally organized by the Jewish community last summer, Abington and Cheltenham townships have passed anti-discrimination policies that make a point of including protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Despite legal and cultural progress in the realm of civil rights, federal laws only specifically prohibit discrimination when it comes to race, religion,...
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Almost four years to the day after the national lobbying organization J Street was founded, it's once again at the center of a local brouhaha -- revisiting the question of who is permitted inside the pro-Israel tent and who's out in the cold. At issue was a private meeting held earlier this week at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Center...
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Whitwell, Tenn. The Jewish population of Whitwell, Tenn., increased by 5,300 percent on Sunday as a busload of 53 teens and adults from Har Zion Temple pulled into the tiny, rural town. The mostly white, Protestant population here has grown accustomed to welcoming tourists since middle schoolers collecting paper clips to represent the Holocaust death toll picked up media attention...
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Lucy Taus Katz, Jewish Exponent Feature
It's been more then 65 years since World War II ended and the concentration camp inmates were liberated. But for some, even after they were set free from the camps, there was another kind of prison that kept them captive: a prison of the heart, the mind and the soul. I thought I knew the basic details of my life:...
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When Haley Simon entered sixth grade last year, she started school with the confidence to wear hair extensions and to be herself -- quirks and all. But in the world of middle school, she soon discovered, the consequences of seeming just a bit different proved to be severe. The bullying began on school grounds, with students hurling insults at her...
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