Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

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One protracted political battle is over and another one is already fully under way. Less than a week after Hillary Clinton ended her quest for the presidency, both John McCain and Barack Obama made stops in Philadelphia, foreshadowing a heated campaign for Pennsylvania's key electoral votes. During a June 11 appearance at the National Constitution Center, the presumptive Republican nominee...
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Aaron Passman
A $100,000 grant means more than just a name change for the Temple Association of Retired Persons. The Temple University lifelong learning organization was recently awarded a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, a San Francisco entity named for a Jewish resident of that city and dedicated to the preservation of lifelong learning programs. In 2006, Forbes ranked Osher, a...
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Slightly more than a year after Congregation Brothers of Israel traded an urban New Jersey address for a suburban one in Pennsylvania, the Conservative congregation has celebrated its 125th anniversary with a gala dinner. The major milestone, reached last month, presented an opportunity for members to look back at its long history in Trenton and consider its future in Newtown,...
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In 2001, Peter A. Rafaeli, the honorary consul general of the Czech Republic in Philadelphia, received a call from the Czech consul general in New York, inviting him and his wife to Manhattan to see a video his office was set to screen. The caller knew that the Rafaelis were Holocaust survivors and believed that the subject of the documentary...
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Natan Sharansky -- the world-famous refusenik and symbol of the Soviet Jewry movement, who later became a deputy prime minister of Israel and a noted author -- began his talk at the Free Library of Philadelphia by posing something of an odd question: What do John Lennon and Al Qaeda have in common? Speaking on June 5 before a surprisingly...
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