Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

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Israel possesses the intelligence and capability to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, according to Efraim Halevy, who served as the head of Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad, from 1998-2002. "You must assume that we know more than probably many people think we know," said Halevy, who spoke Monday to about 100 people at the law offices of Ballard Spahr...
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The compelling voices of the Israeli Choir - somber, yet somehow, also projecting a childlike innocence and even hope - reverberated throughout Beth Sholom Congregation's sanctuary. At their most basic level, the Hebrew words conveyed a powerful connection to the State of Israel, as well as the losses the young country has had to bear throughout its 58-year history. More...
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Administrators at Pennsylvania State University have apologized for canceling a student art exhibit that explores hatred and anti-Semitism in Palestinian society, though neither the artist nor the director of the campus's Hillel chapter believe the school has gone far enough to make amends. Joshua Stulman, the 23-year-old artist, also claimed that, before the exhibit was called off, his painting adviser...
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When Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, and began opening up the country to permit more individual freedoms, Sofiya Gutman - a teacher who'd worked as a writer for the Soviet daily newspaper, Pravda - took it as an opportunity to help Jews around the country organize. In 1986, she developed the Jewish cultural...
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has named Ira M. Schwartz, currently provost at Temple University, as its next president and CEO. On July 1, the 61-year-old will succeed current president Harold S. Goldman, 64, who has served as Federation's professional leader since 2000. "It's pretty big shoes to fill," replied Schwartz, of Newtown Square. "I think Harold has built...
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