Friday, July 29, 2016 Tammuz 23, 5776
Israel officially celebrated its 64th birthday last month, in conjunction with the Hebrew calendar. But the English date was this week -- May 14 -- and to mark the occasion, the Jewish Federation, along with the Jewish Exponent and other sponsors, is throwing a big party on Sunday. The Penn's Landing event also coincides with the 45th anniversary of the...
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Next week's presidential elections in Egypt and the reconvening of international talks with Iran in Baghdad could have far-reaching implications for the United States, Israel, the Middle East and beyond. When the Egyptians go to the polls, they will be choosing among an array of candidates who hold vastly divergent views of the role of Islam and what their new...
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The Equality Forum should be commended for featuring Israel, a nation that is seen as one of the world's most progressive when it comes to respecting the civil rights of gays and lesbians. By highlighting Israel during the 20th annual forum for LGBT activists and supporters over the weekend, the group managed simultaneously to take a bold stand, showcase Israeli...
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It's certainly no more than a coincidence that within a two-week period, the Anti-Defamation League is slated to elect its first Muslim board member and the local affiliate of the Presbyterian Church USA voted to reject an effort by its parent organization to divest from companies doing business with Israel. These two developments, reported first in this week's Jewish Exponent...
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The quest for home. It's a basic human need that doesn't always equate with a house and a street address. As we celebrate Israel's 64th birthday this week, it's worth reflecting on what the modern State of Israel has done to create a strong and vibrant home for so many Jews around the world. Even for those of us who...
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