Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Sivan 8, 5775

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Mordechai Shinefield, JE Feature
The first time Jews and Afropop met in popular culture, Paul Simon was flying out to South Africa to lay down some tracks with the male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo about visiting Elvis Presley's mansion in Graceland. Like Simon, Fool's Gold has done a bit of globetrotting as well, playng New York and Paris, and now they're heading to...
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On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, a West Philadelphia imam told several hundred people gathered for the city's official memorial that the horrors of that day had alerted him to the need for interfaith engagement. "It was a wake-up call," Imam Anwar Muhaimin of the Quba Institute said as he stood at the podium with...
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On Sept. 11, 2001, Atlanta native Michael Knopf had been in New York less than two weeks. The college freshman, a student at the joint program run by Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, was in Hebrew class during those fateful moments when the towers were struck. When class recessed for five minutes, the students learned only that the...
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The Jewish Publication Society has distributed thousands of volumes since its 19th century beginnings, but these days it's writing a new chapter of its own history -- hoping that it's not the final one. JPS is about to turn over a major aspect of its publishing process to the University of Nebraska Press, which as of Jan. 1 will assume...
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As the sky threatened to unleash a Sunday afternoon storm, a crowd gathered around a fire truck blocking an otherwise quiet residential street in Cherry Hill, N.J. Like the onlookers, however, police and fire officials were not there last month to respond to an emergency, but to welcome home a local hero: Avi Behar, a 24-year-old lieutenant in the U.S...
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