Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

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Roughly 300 people demonstrated Dec. 30 outside the Center City building that houses the Consul General of Philadelphia, waving Palestinian flags, carrying signs such as "Zionism is Terrorism," and chanting "free, free Palestine" and "end the occupation now." The rally followed a smaller one a day earlier meant to protest Israel's military strikes in Gaza. A group known as the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
If it were a TV show, it might be called Extreme Makeover: Synagogue Edition . Society Hill Synagogue will soon begin repairs and renovations to its historic home, thanks to an $80,000 matching grant from the Philadelphia Regional Fund for Sacred Places, a division of Partners for Sacred Places, a nonprofit established in 1989 that provides assistance to congregations occupying...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
For Adam Kessler, the new director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, filling the shoes of his predecessor, Burt Siegel, who retired in November after 35 years at the helm, won't be an easy task. But Kessler, 49, who assumed the post on Nov. 10, said that he's "really honored to follow in...
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Doing their share of the home cooking (from left), are Bruce Broser, Budd Cohen and Ken Hornstein of the Temple Brith Achim's Men's Club, who recently transformed 10 bushels of apples (approximately 1,200 of them) into hundreds of containers of applesauce. The organization then sold the applesauce as part of a fundraiser during the King of Prussia synagogue's Chanukah gift show.
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Israeli criminologist Anat Berko, a slightly built mother of three who favors putting her knee-length hair into a ponytail, readily compares herself to the fictional character Clarice Starling, the FBI agent who memorably came face to face with sociopathic evil in the form of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. (Jodie Foster won an Oscar for portraying Starling in the film version of...
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