Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

By:
Aaron Pasman
From 6,000 miles away, family and friends watched online and via video-conferencing as Daniel Krupka graduated from eighth grade in front of the Western Wall. "It was the perfect place to graduate after nine years of being at a Jewish day school and learning about Israel," said the recent Abrams Hebrew Academy student. Krupka, along with 28 others, made up...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
The victim of a physical assault, during which anti-Semitic language was allegedly used, is suing not only his four alleged attackers, but also Temple University, where the incident occurred during the early morning hours of Feb. 15. Jordan Blady, 23, of Northeast Philadelphia, who is Jewish, sustained severe facial injuries, including a broken nose and a fractured right eye socket...
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By:
Aaron Passman
For real understanding to occur between cultures, people must see one another as people and not just as "representatives of a national collective," a proponent of interreligious dialogue noted at a recent event in Bryn Mawr. "There is more moderation in Islam than you'd like to believe," especially if you only read your local newspaper, said Rabbi Ron Kronish, who...
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By:
Jared Shelly
Nobody can accuse Ran Nakash of taking the easy road. A career soldier in the Israel Defense Force, he has seen plenty of combat action. During peacetime, the 29-year-old is the IDF's head trainer of Krav Maga, an Israeli fighting system. Tougher still, however, may be Nakash's other career -- professional boxer. Using his heavy-handed punching style, he has been...
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By:
Aaron Passman
As the product of intermarriage, Hannah Lau jokingly referred to herself as "Jewnese" or "Chinish" -- although she added that she's never felt Jewish or Chinese enough to fit into either corner. "Children of intermarried families don't necessarily feel less Jewish," speculated the recent University of Pennsylvania graduate. "It just takes them more time to figure out what [being Jewish]...
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