Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

By:
Avi Shafran
At the end of last summer, dozens of women launched a protest against the practice of separate men's and women's seating on some Israeli public bus routes servicing haredi Orthodox communities. They boarded the buses and sat down among the men, expecting to provoke some strong reaction. The women, some dressed in decidedly non-haredi style, expected to be forced to...
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Critics of Israel Shouldn't Be Branded as Traitors I write to commend you on your fair coverage of the recent J Street program held at Penn Hillel (City & Suburb: "Competing 'Streets' Meet, but Manage Not to Intersect," Feb. 11). But I also must express my concern for the McCarthyism that is infecting the Jewish community as represented by the...
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Paper Got It All Wrong When It Comes to J Street As someone who has devoted years of my life to Israel advocacy, I am appalled by the Jewish Exponent's coverage of J Street and its recent Philadelphia event (City & Suburb: "Competing 'Streets' Meet, but Manage Not to Intersect," Feb. 11). While the newspaper has striven for an evenhanded...
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What better time to reflect on the warm and welcoming embrace of Shabbat than during this year's record-setting, snow-infused winter? As our cover story this week illustrates, introductions to Shabbat rituals and experiences are all the rage in our area, from a "Shabbat U" at Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley to "A Taste of Shabbat" at Congregation Ohev Shalom...
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By:
Monroe E. Price
Each day, there's a new drama in the papers or on TV about the complexities of citizenship -- the yearning to acquire it, the frustrations of denial, the abuses and the benefits. Citizenship as status is one of the defining narratives of an identity laden and struggling global system of nation states. As I and my children have sorted out...
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