Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
Down a narrow alley, past crumbling masonry walls in Cell Block 7, the doors to Eastern State Penitentiary's prison synagogue were open on a recent afternoon. Scores of visitors stepped inside to glimpse a remarkable sight: the remnants of a once-active sanctuary for the Jewish inmates. That sanctuary, which functioned as a place of worship until the 1960s, is now...
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Following the recent shootings at Seattle's Jewish Federation building, a thwarted airline terror plot and an increase in anti-Israel sentiment since the recent war in Lebanon, Jewish day schools across the region have stepped up their security measures to ensure students are safe in school. Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley is in the process of installing new doors and issuing...
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As of Monday, some 251 murders have occurred in the City of Brotherly Love, up 16 from the same time last year, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. In terms of percentages, the 2006 homicide rate represents a 25 percent spike from 2004. To address such startingly statistics, District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who's held the office since 1991, fielded...
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Jacob Fischer and Jordan Baum were both hunched over the dirt, intensely examining the ground for hidden artifacts. The excavation had already proved fruitful; the pair of 11-year-olds had uncovered part of an oil lamp, bones (not real ones, Jordan pointed out), shards of pottery and tiles marked with ancient Hebrew script. Other campers had managed to find charcoal from...
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David Freidenreich never would have expected that his research regarding Jewish, Christian and Muslim prohibitions on food and drink would make for a potentially juicy book topic. Nevertheless, Freidenreich will be spending the next year at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, where he'll attempt to turn his doctoral dissertation into not just one book but two...
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