Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

Jared Shelly

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March 2, 1944. On a relatively slow news day for war time, the front page of The New York Times contained stories about the Allied army holding off the Germans in Italy and the Soviet army taking back territories once captured by the Third Reich. On the next couple of pages, articles highlighted West Point's undefeated basketball season and falling...
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Though many people were shocked when Hamas - considered a terrorist organization by Israel and by the United States - won last week's Palestinian legislative elections, Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, said he wasn't surprised at all. "We've made a serious mistake by thinking that if you have elections, things will be fine," Klein told...
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Student rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann wants to create a vibrant Jewish community in West Philadelphia. Helping to invigorate the recently established Kol Tzedek synagogue, Grabelle Herrmann hopes to keep ideas there fresh, and not to hesitate to experiment with conventional ideas about programming and prayer services. Although the new congregation does not have a building - it currently meets at...
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Arriving at his home in Northeast Philadelphia after work one day, Ben Bargerhuff noticed some flyers wrapped in a rubber band lying on his lawn. He thought nothing of it since it was the night before Election Day last November. But when he thumbed through the contents, he saw not candidate pitch sheets, but four pages of anti-Semitic material. Containing...
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Teenage girls and boys frantically hugged one another and exchanged high-fives while their parents wiped away an occasional tear as a group of high-schoolers returned home last week after a nearly six-month stay in Israel. Yosef Razin - a bushy-haired 16-year-old and one of the 51 members of Akiba Hebrew Academy's junior class to travel to the Jewish state -...
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