Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775

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In his relatively short political career, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak has worked overtime to reach out to local Jews. Now, as the retired Navy admiral is set to challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Party's primary race for the U.S. Senate, Sestak acknowledges that he faces a tough task in broadening his support in the Jewish community. But that's...
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Hillel Kuttler , Jewish Exponent Feature
Three years ago, David Mink began volunteering at the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, helping to index its microfilmed collection of ledgers from the city's long-defunct Rosenbaum, Blitzstein, Lipschutz and Rosenbluth banks. The early 20th-century banks doubled as agencies to facilitate immigrants' money transfers to relatives in Europe to book ship passage here. A fellow volunteer eventually pointed out some interesting...
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Daphna Berman, Jewish Exponent Feature
For 13-year-old Max S., who asked not to use his last name, summer camp used to be torture. The other campers, he says, teased him and made constant jokes at his expense. "You name it, and they did it," he recalled matter of factly. But that changed this year when Max, who has a mop of black hair but who...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Miriam Klein, who together with her late husband Raymond, was a longtime mover and shaker in the Philadelphia Jewish community, died July 23 at age 93. Raymond Klein died in 1995 at age 79. The pair were married for more than 56 years. Alongside her husband, Klein, the former Miriam Kline, helped create the Raymond and Miriam Klein branch of...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, paid a rare public visit to the city's Jewish community last week to discuss Pope Benedict XVI's recent trip to Israel, as well as the state of Jewish-Catholic relations in Philadelphia. Rigali, who's held the post since 2003, avoided mention of some of the more controversial topics roiling Jewish-Catholic relations in recent months, such...
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