Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775

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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Down a narrow cellblock alley at Eastern State Penitentiary, beyond a locked gate, is a small room that's been overlooked and forgotten for nearly four decades. Though time and weather have taken their toll, there is no mistaking what the hidden space is -- a synagogue. From the early 1920s until the beginning of the 1970s, the synagogue behind the...
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Aaron Passman
Standing in a circle of light on a small, bare stage, Greg Aguela told an audience of nearly 50 people how he'd found God at the Western Wall. "It wasn't necessarily cool to be a Jew" growing up, he explained in a rhythmic, spoken-word piece. Aguela told how he never particularly embraced or identified with his own Jewish heritage, but...
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Some five months after New Jersey voters weighed in on the Democratic and Republican presidential contests, the campaign for the U.S. Senate seat is not generating the same voter intensity and interest that was sparked by Super Tuesday. That would seem to mean good news for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who, at 84, is seeking his fifth term. After...
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Nearly a year after Hillel held a groundbreaking ceremony at Temple University to symbolically mark the start of construction on a new Jewish center there, students, donors and officials gathered for a short celebration marking the actual commencement of demolition and construction. A project long in the works, the 13,000-square-foot Edward H. Rosen Hillel Center is expected to be completed...
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Rabbi Menachem Schmidt said that he had no idea he was even being considered for a fellowship from a major foundation. But several weeks ago, the founder of the Lubavitch House at the University of Pennsylvania learned that he had been awarded a $225,000 grant to a project of his choosing. At a March 12 press conference at its New...
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