Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Directly on the heels of losing a $1.5 million donation to create a new chair of Islamic studies, Temple University announced that a donor has come forward to revitalize the campaign. Local energy executive Harry Halloran offered a "challenge grant" of $300,000, which he will give if the university is able to raise the remaining $1.2 million. The donation was...
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In what divestment advocates hail as an important first step in an effort to use Pennsylvania's economic leverage against rogue regimes like Iran and Sudan, the Pennsylvania Treasurer's office announced a significant overhaul of its guidelines, as well as its first terror-related divestment action. According to the newly revised investment guidelines, "the unconventional threats that confront companies in terror states...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
After fire ravaged a preschool classroom at Germantown Jewish Centre and left significant smoke damage in nearby rooms, law-enforcement officials have officially ruled the incident an arson. Nobody was hurt by the fire that broke out at the Mount Airy synagogue around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18., shortly before preschool started. Investigators have determined the cause of the fire...
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For a 15-year-old sophomore from Lower Merion High School, the most poignant moment of her first visit to Israel came when she inserted a piece of paper containing a private prayer between the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall. While this may sound like a fairly standard post-Israel anecdote, it does have a bit of a twist. The student, Anannas...
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Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County's new district attorney, hopes to make an immediate impact in her new position by focusing on some of the youngest and oldest victims of crime. Shortly before taking office, Ferman announced plans to convert an 18th-century Norristown farmhouse into the Mission Kids Center, a child's advocacy and treatment facility that will have its own board...
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