Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

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For Baruch Seff, making aliyah isn't a question of if, but when. So when the 34-year-old project manager from Cherry Hill, N.J., heard that young entrepreneurs who were driving social change in Israel would speak in Center City on Monday, he jumped at the chance to build connections to his future home. The Nefesh B'Nefesh panel discussion was the latest...
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Standing before an auditorium filled with 130 high school students -- many of whom seemed to be stuck in a post-lunch lull -- Alan Luxenberg pointed to a screen where an unlabeled map of the Middle East appeared. He zoomed in on a portion of the image, then asked, "What are we looking at?" He was met with silence. "It's...
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Ambassador Meron Reuben was having a harder time than usual as Israel's top diplomat at the United Nations. It wasn't just because of the latest Palestinian-led effort to pass a resolution in the Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements. It was also because of an Israeli labor dispute that was preventing Foreign Ministry officials from doing their jobs. The dispute,...
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Dressed in flame-resistant boots and wearing a gray uniform adorned with various patches and insignias, Moshe Geffen came across like a mischievous Boy Scout who seemingly can't get through a sentence without cracking a joke. But the 34-year-old Israeli firefighter's demeanor suddenly turned serious when the topic switched to the deadly Carmel Fire. The blaze made international headlines in December...
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Some of them didn't particularly care for the music of Macy Gray, an R&B and soul singer from Ohio. Others had never even heard of her, or that she had plans to perform in Israel next month. Nonetheless, a contingent of Israel advocates from the Philadelphia area took the time last week to become Facebook fans of the musician in...
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