Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Elul 17, 5775

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Yosef Mendelevich's memoir Unbroken Spirit, which tells of his life and times as a refusenik in the Soviet Union, begins with a bang, both stylistically and quite literally. Back in 1969, the 22-year-old Latvian-born Mendelevich and a number of other young Jews were involved in a daring plot to hijack a Soviet plane and fly it to Sweden; once in...
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Congregation Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El, a Conservative shul in Cheltenham for more than 50 years, is set to move to its new home at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. On the afternoon of June 20, congregants are planning to transport 11 Torahs from the old sanctuary to the new. Due to the number of elderly members, they hope...
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Allison Kaplan Sommer, Jewish Exponent Feature
Jerusalem The 12-year-old boys sitting in the circle of students chatted comfortably, looking like any two classmates as they spoke about how writing helps them get in touch with their feelings. The picture was deceptive, however. Abdel Al-Karim and Noam Honig both live in Israel, but as Arab and Jewish youth, they never have the opportunity to meet, look one...
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As spring weather brightened the hallways at Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Merion Station this semester, students raced newly created robots, tinkered on a grand piano and practiced for spoken word competitions. Last month, several dozen adults gathered in the school's beit midrash for a free evening seminar on medical ethics presented by a world-renowned Orthodox rabbi. Meanwhile, a 14-year-old...
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Following on the heels of a 2010 statute forcing Pennsylvania's pension funds to divest from companies doing business with Iran or Sudan, a Philadelphia lawmaker has introduced new legislation that would prohibit firms involved in Iran's energy sector from bidding for state contracts. Senate Bill 1543 was introduced June 5 by Senator Mike Stack (D-District 5) and co-sponsored by eight...
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