Friday, July 31, 2015 Av 15, 5775

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A local businessman is poised to become the first Muslim to serve on the Anti-Defamation League's regional board -- or any ADL board for that matter.
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With the Presbyterian Church USA once again poised to debate divestment from companies that do business in Israel, the Presbytery of Philadelphia has adopted its own resolution that rejects such a stance. And the local clergy opposed to divestment are taking their opposition a step further: The Philadelphia resolution -- known in church parlance as an overture -- will be...
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Mati Wagner, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Tel Aviv Capitalism in pursuit of social justice. The notion is becoming more common in Israel as a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators in the fields of high-tech, industry and real estate is delving into philanthropy. "The culture of venture capital and the startup nation also transfers into innovation in the field of philanthropy," Andres Spokoiny, president of the...
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Twenty-three-year-old Meir Shapiro wears a yarmulke. He studies music, Torah and architecture at New York's Yeshiva University. And he beatboxes -- all over the world. In the year and a half since a viral Chanukah parody catapulted the Maccabeats into Internet fame, Shapiro and 13 fellow members of the Orthodox a cappella group have performed in New Zealand, Hong Kong...
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Risa Levitt Kohn always gets a kick out of people telling her they've seen the Dead Sea Scrolls. What these folks mean, the professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaism at San Diego State University said, is that they've been to Jerusalem and visited the Shrine of the Book adjacent to the Israel Museum. But even the well-visited Shrine has only...
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