Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Kislev 25, 5775

It would be easy to let the ongoing angst we're experiencing these days paralyze our lives. Mail-bomb packages addressed to Jewish institutions. Unprecedented efforts around the globe to delegitimize Israel. Political campaigns that stoke fear instead of addressing the critical issues facing our country. Last week's foiled plot to explode airborne bombs left us all a bit unnerved. Even if,...
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Ad Misconstrues Ruling on Matter of Cremation The Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement maintains the position that cremation is a practice contrary to Jewish law and tradition, and therefore should be discouraged. In the event one chooses cremation, a question arises regarding the burial of the ashes. In response to this question, our Committee on Jewish Law and Standards...
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We know that it's happening with growing intensity at college campuses across the country. But it's especially frightening when it happens so close to home: A Lincoln University tenured professor, Kaukab Siddique, spouting anti-Jewish and anti-Israel venom, calling for the destruction of Israel and promoting Holocaust denial. The professor, who captured national attention with the release of an incendiary video...
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Article Helps Illuminate the Way for Federation The opinion piece in the Oct. 21 Jewish Exponent, "It's an Abundantly Clear Mission, So Let's Not Complicate It," was compelling and right on target. It really points out the flaws in the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's allocation of our volunteer resources and leadership. As a long-standing, involved member of the community,...
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By:
Mark Hanis
My four grandparents, all Holocaust survivors, made sure that from an early age I learned the important lessons, "Never Forget" and "Never Again." While the Jewish community has made a tremendous investment to ensure that the world "Never Forgets," we need to do more to make sure genocide and mass atrocities are "Never Again" -- for any people, anywhere. It...
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