Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

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Jordana Jacobs and Bryan Schwartzman
At a time when peace and generosity are the hallmarks of the season, a local community was put to the test when the opposite occurred. After a menorah, part of a holiday display in Cianfrani Park on Eighth and Fitzwater streets in South Philadelphia, was torn down and destroyed Dec. 19, the Bella Vista United Civic Association acted quickly to...
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Barbara Boxer, California's junior Democratic senator, came to town earlier this month with one stated purpose in mind: to promote her new book. But when given the opportunity, the chief deputy Democratic whip urged those in attendance at a Dec. 8 breakfast event that Pennsylvania's junior Republican senator must be beaten at all costs. After reading from A Time to...
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Gradually, they return, to a New Orleans that needs an utter rehaul
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The carpet, or what was left of it, was hidden somewhere beneath the pine-cone sprinkled mud. Piles of prayerbooks and Talmud volumes, warped and corroded, lay on the ground. The arks were disconcertingly empty; 10 feet of water had filled the synagogue and decomposed the Torah scrolls beyond the possibility of restoration. Dampness pervaded Congregation Beth Israel, an Orthodox shul...
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A light, freezing rain had driven nearly everyone underneath the protective awning attached to the Independence Mall Visitors Center. Awaiting the kindling of the 37-foot-tall menorah - which sat next to a scene of the three Magi put up by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia - folks began dancing the hora to Chanukah melodies supplied by a nearby keyboardist. Lois Yampolsky,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
A group at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, N.J., has reportedly made history. With participants sprawled out across the synagogue's floor - and some bending over tables - 541 people were able to simultaneously spin their dreidels for 10 seconds, tentatively setting a new world record. The old one, as certified by the Guinness Book of Records, stood at 535...
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