Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

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Like it or not, the United States is embroiled in the Middle East. But according to conventional wisdom, American involvement in the region began shortly after World War II, and American foreign policy coalesced with the onset of the Cold War and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Fueling these developments was the decline of French and English influence in the area, as...
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Whether helping children as a bus attendant or assisting them as a classroom aide, June Brown did everything with a "heart of gold," said longtime friend and co-worker Donna Clark. Brown, 55, of West Kensington, died after she was struck by a Philadelphia school-district bus Feb. 6 at the Widener bus garage in Olney, according to the Philadelphia Police Department...
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Orthodox feminists gather to analyze ups and downs
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New York — The participants at the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance's international conference hardly looked like rebels. Some cradled babies; others wore long skirts or various types of head coverings. Many davened during breaks. Still, they came with a cause. In ways large and small, these individuals are attempting to rethink -- even reshape -- certain aspects of Orthodox Judaism...
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Like the ancient Athenians during the golden age of early democracy, Harris Sokoloff, an associate professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania, places great faith in the power of dialogue and collective decision-making. "When people get together and you provide them with the opportunity to talk through something in a structured way, the result that emerges is often wiser...
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Jewish communal agencies in the Philadelphia area received a total of roughly $60 million this past year in state funds, according to officials at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. So, as the political wrangling over this year's budget gets under way -- a process expected to take months -- communal leaders and professionals are keeping an eye on Harrisburg,...
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