Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

Orthodox feminists gather to analyze ups and downs
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New York — The participants at the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance's international conference hardly looked like rebels. Some cradled babies; others wore long skirts or various types of head coverings. Many davened during breaks. Still, they came with a cause. In ways large and small, these individuals are attempting to rethink -- even reshape -- certain aspects of Orthodox Judaism...
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Like the ancient Athenians during the golden age of early democracy, Harris Sokoloff, an associate professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania, places great faith in the power of dialogue and collective decision-making. "When people get together and you provide them with the opportunity to talk through something in a structured way, the result that emerges is often wiser...
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Jewish communal agencies in the Philadelphia area received a total of roughly $60 million this past year in state funds, according to officials at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. So, as the political wrangling over this year's budget gets under way -- a process expected to take months -- communal leaders and professionals are keeping an eye on Harrisburg,...
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It looks as if the mayoral campaign won't be all wrapped up after May 15, the date of the hotly contested Democratic primary. That's because a Republican, 53-year-old Al Taubenberger, has entered the race. But it remains to be seen whether come November, the GOP hopeful can pose any kind of serious challenge to the Democratic nominee. Taubenberger's facing real...
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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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