Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
It's no secret that without Jewish education, the future of Jewish life could well be doomed. Which is why we welcome two developments that can serve our community's myriad ways of growing literate Jews. The first piece of good news is a promising initiative that will take a hard look at the financial health of our area day schools. (...
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A new day is dawning in Egypt -- and perhaps the whole Middle East. But where the sun will ultimately rise is still a huge and worrisome question mark. It was hard not to be transfixed by the euphoria in the streets of Cairo following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak -- and by the prospect that democracy might take root...
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The front page of the Feb. 14, 1986 Jewish Exponent said it all: A full-page photo of Natan Sharansky with a red block stamped across the bottom proclaiming that the world's most famous prisoner of conscience was "Released From Soviet Prison." Just three days earlier, the man then known as Anatoly Shcharansky had walked across the bridge linking East and...
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We are watching the dramatic events unfold in Egypt with a mind-boggling mixture of fascination, empathy, awe and fear. It's not the first time that a people has risen up against an Egyptian ruler; we've been there and done that. And as a community that values democratic ideals, we can empathize with the passionate yearning for political liberty and economic...
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When some 500 Jews gather at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on Sunday for the annual phone-a-thon for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, they'll be doing more than making phone calls. They'll be delivering a message that your dollars count in our community. It's a message none of us can afford to ignore. At a time of growing...
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