Saturday, May 30, 2015 Sivan 12, 5775

By:
Robert E. Bershad
The recent toppling of 43 gravestones of Jews in Vienna's Central Cemetery suggests that anti-Semitism is alive and well in Austria, but this doesn't tell the whole story. Austria's relationship with its Jewish present and past is actually complex and filled with nuance. On one hand, as I witnessed on a recent trip there with the American Jewish Committee, its...
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By:
Rabbi Michael Knopf
Last week, the Freeh Report revealed that Penn State's leaders covered up Jerry Sandusky's crimes to protect the university's image, its football program and Joe Paterno's reputation. This outrageous moral failure is inexcusable. But in addition to righteous indignation, we might also use the news as an opportunity for self-reflection. As my teacher, Rabbi Sharon Brous, taught in a recent...
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If anyone had any doubt that this was going to be a brutal election season in our community, you only had to be at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park on Monday night to see that the gloves are already off. What should have been an opportunity to hear President Barack Obama's top Jewish surrogate make the case for...
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By:
Howard D. Scher
As we at JEVS Human Services celebrate 70 years of service to thousands of people of the Greater Philadelphia community, I don't know how many times I've been asked: "What's Jewish about JEVS?" There's another question that usually accompanies this one -- "So what is it that JEVS does?" These are the most frequent queries people voice about an organization...
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By:
Michael Gordan
On Friday, July 13, Lechu Neranena will celebrate its first anniversary of conducting monthly Friday night services. This Orthodox minyan in Bala Cynwyd is an example of a recent phenomenon, sometimes called the partnership minyan, where women are able to participate more fully than in traditional Orthodox synagogues. Though services are conducted with a mechitzah , or divider, between men...
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