Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775

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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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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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