Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

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Since the year 2001, the number of people who have made aliyah has nearly doubled, according to Michael Landsberg, executive director of the Israel Aliyah Center in New York. And 3,000 people from North America are expected to immigrate to Israel this year - a number not seen since 1983. In light of such fervor, last week, eight Philadelphians -...
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
In 1967, when he was 6, Ian Michel made his first trip to Israel with his mother, Katherine, and brothers Jeremiah and Peter - one of many he made until the age of 13. Active in the Jewish and general communities of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and a strong advocate for Israel, Katherine Michel was involved in the founding of the former...
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
Two friends separated by nearly 6,000 miles began their senior year in high school recently - Leigh Kesselman at Cheltenham High School and Abi Landsman at Kibbutz Yavne in Ashdod, both 17 - feeling close because of the summer they shared. Part of the Mifgash program ("encounter" in Hebrew), they participated in a contingent of 12 Israeli kids and 10...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
An important archaeological discovery made in Israel could shed more light on the ancient culture of the Philistines, a seafaring people that left the area of Greece in about 1200 BCE and landed on Israel's shores. At a dig in late July at Tell es-Safi, a site approximately halfway between Jerusalem and Ashkelon, a young woman found a pottery shard...
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