Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
They said they came back for the knishes -- everything else was icing on the cake. Lipkin's Bakery in the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia reopened Sept. 8, after being shuttered for nearly five months following a fire, but just in time for the expected High Holiday rush. In the early morning hours last Tuesday, customers stopped by sporadically, many...
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Israelis who don't believe that President Barack Obama is a friend of the Jewish state have got it wrong, according to Benny Begin, a Likud member of Knesset and son of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin. An Aug. 28 Jerusalem Post survey found that just 4 percent of Israeli Jews believe Obama's policies are pro-Israel; a similar poll released a...
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More than 300 Jewish leaders from around the country, including nine from the Philadelphia area, converged on Washington, D.C., last week as part of the National Jewish Leadership Advocacy Day on Iran. The day seemed to signal a new phase of Jewish efforts to isolate Iran internationally, now that news reports suggest that the country may be on the verge...
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By:
Dani Passow
Recently, along with 23 other rabbinical students from eight different seminaries, I traveled to Senegal in Western Africa on a service-learning trip under the auspices of American Jewish World Service to volunteer in two remote villages. After arriving at the airport in Dakar, the country's capital, I approached the custom's desk. The clerk looked at me and said, " Je...
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Finally, a place where some can feel religious -- and understood
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Gail Shister, JE Feature
So what are nice Jewish girls doing in a group like Nice Jewish Girls? They're expanding their knowledge of Judaism, for one thing. And they're meeting other Jewish women from the area like themselves -- single, over 50 and lesbian. Brenda Goodis, who founded Philadelphia's NJG in November 2007, describes the organization as a lesbian chavurah. There are monthly potlucks,...
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