Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775

More than 6,000 people joined in a festive celebration of Israel's 62nd anniversary of independence on Sunday, May 23, at Penn's Landing. There was something for every age and taste, with a busy children's tent, 70 vendors offering items from jewelry to Judaica, and information on ways to connect to the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community. The crowd danced and swayed...
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Jessica Endy, JE Feature
Slava Korabelnikov and Lena Bulych looked like storybook newlyweds sitting in the Penn Valley home of Shelley and Mark Verlin earlier this month. It was the day after the wedding reception the Verlins had held in the couple's honor. The two sat pressed shoulder to shoulder, holding hands, each stealing glances at Bulych's new ring. As idyllic as the scene...
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U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak tends to wax poetic about the values instilled in him during his career in the U.S. Navy, and more than once has used a battleship as a metaphor to describe American foreign policy. (It must be turned around slowly and with care.) The retired three-star admiral can now rightly be called a political giant killer, having...
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Is the administration of President Barack Obama pursuing policies that are detrimental to Israel's security and international standing? Or is the distrust that Obama is facing among some American Jews and Israelis more of an issue of perception and how policies have been framed? That's the question Rabbi Andrea Merow of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park had in mind...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
"Somebody's looking out for me upstairs," Jay Furman cheerfully declared as he pointed upwards. Needless to say, the 98-year-old wasn't talking about the folks who manage the Center City senior living facility where he lives. Whether it's due to a healthy lifestyle or a far greater power, Furman once again led the procession of alumni at the University of Pennsylvania...
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