Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
Torture and warrantless wiretapping have been methods used to fight the war on terror -- and they've also become hot-button political issues in recent months, especially since the power shift in the U.S. Congress following the last election. Still, the likely venue for the final verdict on these methodologies -- and the burgeoning controversies that swirl around them -- will...
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By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
On the day of Uriel Palti's Bar Mitzvah in 1967, his elderly grandfather shared with him his doubts that he would ever see the holy sites of the Old City. Still, the older man said, he held out hope that one day, his grandson might be granted that great gift. (Beginning in 1948 with the establishment of Israel, many sacred...
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By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
The array of brightly colored flowers seemed to glow, despite the overcast skies on a recent weekday, as the residents at the Evelyn and Daniel Tabas House unveiled an appropriate Mother's Day gift for Evelyn Rome Tabas: a new garden dedicated to her on the grounds of the property. Daniel and Evelyn Rome Tabas donated funds in 2002 to Federation...
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Matthew Mager, 15, and his mother, Sue Mager, of Yardley, coordinated a pre-Passover food drive at Congregation Beth El of Lower Bucks County to benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen in nearby New Jersey. Some two-dozen bags of canned goods and nonperishable food were collected.
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Synagogues are built around the idea of organized worship -- the notion that Judaism should be practiced at a central address where activities can be held, congregants can study, a rabbi can lead, and officers can fundraise. Yet Philadelphia's Unstructured Synagogue Havurah shares very few of these elements. Indeed, the group has no dues, no building, no officers and no...
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