Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

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Members of Congregation Mishkan Shalom's Israel Committee hope that by choosing to display the works of both Israeli and Palestinian artists in their synagogue, they can help further a communal dialogue about the troubled state of Middle East peace efforts, and perhaps focus the discussion on the hardships that the ongoing conflict imposes on both parties. "Both Sides of Peace,"...
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Jerry "Dutch" Forstater knows a thing or two about security. The 54-year-old native of the Olney section of Philadelphia has designed surveillance and communications systems for correctional facilities, courthouses, government buildings, hospitals and even nuclear power plants. Professional Systems Engineering, the Lansdale-based firm that he founded in 1986, is also currently a consultant for "perimeter security" at the Philadelphia International...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
For the second year in a row, the Philadelphia Jewish community gathered inside the sanctuary of Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Center City for the annual Memorial Ceremony for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs. Even though the skies were clear -- and the sun was out, and the temperature rose to the low 70s -- the two-hour ceremony was relocated indoors,...
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Following more than a decade of advocacy by Hadassah and other Jewish organizations, the House and Senate have each passed a bill that would prohibit employers and health-insurance firms from discriminating against individuals based on information obtained through genetic testing. "This is a sigh of relief. Beneficial testing doesn't have to bring with it the fear of discrimination," said Susannah...
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Aaron Passman
Mutual respect and the ability to see beyond people's differences are values "central to what this world needs," declared University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann last week at the Pyramid Club, 53 stories above Center City. She emphasized that anything and everything that could be done to further those values was good for Philadelphia. Gutmann's remarks came after being awarded...
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