Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774

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Retired Judge Phyllis Beck never asked for anyone's opinion when she decided, in the mid-1960s, to attend Temple law school while raising four children. Nonetheless, plenty of people, including total strangers, told her just what they thought -- and it wasn't exactly positive. "They said my children would grow up to be in the gutter because I wasn't home making...
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In the latest controversial intersection between Middle East politics and American campus life, the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a Virginia-based educational research foundation, withdrew its $1.5 million offer to fund an endowed chair at Temple University after not receiving an answer from the school for more than six months. What this means depends on whom you ask. Some consider...
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A cross section of the city's Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders gathered Jan. 3 in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where they offered prayers in English, Hebrew and Arabic, not for world peace but for something much closer to home: a reduction in the violent crime that has gripped this city for...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The day-to-day work of an Israel Defense Force soldier can be fraught with danger. And while organizations here and abroad can't do all that much to resolve the dangerous part, they are hoping to ensure that, at the very least, the soldiers can stay warm while doing their jobs this winter. One Israel Fund, based in Hewlett, N.Y., has teamed...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
For more than 100 years -- and for countless generations of young Philadelphians -- Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse in East Fairmount Park has embodied the dictionary definition of what a playground should be: a place for kids to enjoy themselves without restraint. The play space is tucked away on a tree-lined patch of 6.5 acres within the park, just...
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