Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774

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In 2001, Peter A. Rafaeli, the honorary consul general of the Czech Republic in Philadelphia, received a call from the Czech consul general in New York, inviting him and his wife to Manhattan to see a video his office was set to screen. The caller knew that the Rafaelis were Holocaust survivors and believed that the subject of the documentary...
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Natan Sharansky -- the world-famous refusenik and symbol of the Soviet Jewry movement, who later became a deputy prime minister of Israel and a noted author -- began his talk at the Free Library of Philadelphia by posing something of an odd question: What do John Lennon and Al Qaeda have in common? Speaking on June 5 before a surprisingly...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Maryanne Crager is facing a bit of a problem. The stores she represents as public-affairs manager for Genuardi's supermarkets are known for their sizable kosher departments, but at the Wynnewood and Rockledge locations right now, customers may be disappointed. At the moment, Crager reported, Genuardi's has a "limited supply" of kosher deli meat. The reason is that the market's kosher-meat...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Iran is destabilizing the Mideast, from Gaza to the Persian Gulf, declared former Israeli Ambassador Dore Gold this week to a local audience. "Iran," he added, "is a threat to both Israel and the United States." About 120 people gathered in the auditorium at the Gershman Y at Broad and Pine streets in Center City on the evening of June...
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Aaron Pasman
After this particular war, the bumper stickers read, "I stayed in Tel Aviv." Leah Goldman was 14 years old during the first Persian Gulf war in the early 1990s, and living through it is one of her strongest memories of growing up in Israel, especially the message on that sticker. Unlike many others in Tel Aviv, her family stayed in...
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