Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
The date was Sept. 29, 1958, four in the afternoon of erev Rosh Hashanah. Holiday services were set for 8 p.m., but there still wasn't a finished floor in the modest synagogue sanctuary of the new congregation, Temple Beth Tikvah. So what did the congregants do? They got right down on their hands and knees, and finished the work themselves...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the images of Ugandan children taken by noted documentary photographer Stephen Shames, now on display in a new local exhibit, don't need much text to accompany them. Instead, his 30 large-format photos should suffice for viewers to vividly imagine what it must have been like to grow up and live through...
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There's no arguing that the girls debate team at Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia has come a long way in a relatively short time. Only in its second full season, it has amassed an impressive string of victories against educational institutions with larger student bodies and more established debating traditions. The eight-member squad recently placed first in a regional competition...
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The Middle East Forum, the Philadelphia-based research institute headed by scholar and opinion columnist Daniel Pipes, has just launched an Education Fund, which seeks to support institutions and researchers whose specialty is the Middle East, and particularly those whose focus centers on radical Islam. The new fund is made possible through anonymous grants, according to a press release. The forum...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Israeli political activist Moshe Feiglin has been described in various ways -- none particularly flattering -- by his country's media and by international news outlets: fascist, extremist, radical protester, terrorist. But when the controversial right-wing politician took to the lectern during a speech last week in University City, he used his remarks to clarify what his political goals and intent...
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