Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

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Watch out, Oprah! There's a new book club in town, and it seeks to revolutionize the reading community in Philadelphia. According to Kehillah of Center City coordinator Catherine Fischer, "People of the Book" -- as the club is called -- aims to provide a citywide venue for the reading and discussion of books of Jewish interest. To do so, Fischer...
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Ryan Teitman
Throughout its 160 years, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park has retained its devotion to the spirit of social justice. From its first rabbi -- an abolitionist who led the congregation during the Civil War period -- to the synagogue's recent relief efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina, K.I. has kept the focus on helping those in need. It...
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The Judeo-Christian values that shaped America during its founding years have created the best nation in known history for the Jewish people, according to radio host and columnist Dennis Prager. These values were there from the nation's very beginning, he argued, with founder fathers like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin believing that their exodus from England echoed the Jewish exodus...
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Like it or not, the United States is embroiled in the Middle East. But according to conventional wisdom, American involvement in the region began shortly after World War II, and American foreign policy coalesced with the onset of the Cold War and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Fueling these developments was the decline of French and English influence in the area, as...
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At the beginning of a two-hour presentation Monday at the National Museum of American Jewish History, 37-year-old lecturer and author Loolwa Khazzoom asked her audience where their ancestors derived. José Zighelboim said he's a Venezuelan Jew. Josef Kardos identified himself as a Jew who's half-Chinese, half-Hungarian. Others noted family from Latvia, Portugal, Iran and Israel. And all of these people...
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