Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Av 13, 5775

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Standing with his arms crossed, Zion Bakshi gazed at a collage of photos and clippings harkening back to his life as a wrestling champion. Back then, more than 50 years ago, wrestling in Israel didn't pay the bills, so he traded in his beloved sport to study engineering in Philadelphia. But the 75-year-old Center City resident still mulls over his...
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The Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia may be slated to close, but that's not stopping a group calling itself Save Our Stiffel from trying to raise enough money to keep the place open. "Everybody thinks it's a done deal," lamented Laurel Katz, the South Philadelphia resident organizing the group of about 30 volunteers and supporters of the center. But...
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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu less than two weeks after the premier -- and many in the pro-Israel community -- vociferously objected to President Barack Obama's call to base Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the 1967 borders, with mutually agreed upon land swaps. But speaking with reporters last week, a day after returning from Israel,...
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Israeli Grads of RRC Hope to Take Ideas Back Home
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Is it more difficult to find work as a Reconstructionist rabbi in Israel than the United States? Sitting in a Mount Airy cafe, just days away from graduation, 32-year-old Ela Merom pauses in disbelief. Then, for good measure, she rolls her eyes a bit. "Of course," she answers at last. While the movement founded in the 1960s by the disciples...
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Nearly a year after the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law calling on the state's retirement funds to divest from foreign companies doing business in Iran and Sudan, a total of 14 of those firms have cut their ties with the rogue nations or expressed the intent to do so. According to an audit that's been conducted over the past...
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