Thursday, January 29, 2015 Shevat 9, 5775

By:
Leonard Barrac
As part of this year's funding process, the chairs and volunteers of each Center Board (Center for Social Responsibility, Center for Jewish Life and Learning and Center for Israel and Overseas) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia worked through a very difficult and challenging process, reviewing and discussing hundreds of proposals from community groups locally and overseas. As the...
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Forgive us for being a tad skeptical that a United Nations panel could impartially investigate the now notorious flotilla affair without impugning Israel as the culprit. Given recent history, it's hard not to compute "U.N." plus "inquiry" without arriving at Goldstone, the outrageously one-sided excoriation of Israel's actions during the 2008 Gaza war. The U.N. inquiry, announced this week, will...
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Shofar as Wake-Up Call to Assess Ourselves and the Middle East
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Rabbi Pesach Lerner
With the advent of Rosh Hashanah, reflection and introspection dominate our thoughts as we are called upon to examine our lives and focus on improving ourselves, both as human beings and as Jews. One hallmark of the High Holiday season is the concept of teshuvah, or repentance: the act of acknowledging our flaws and transgressions, of owning up to our...
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By:
Lori Samlin Miller, JE Feature
Driving out of Wynnefield to escape the summer heat, we found ourselves cruising down the Black Horse Pike, heading toward Atlantic City. In the 1960s of my youth, both of these towns were enclaves for Jewish immigrants of Eastern European descent. Back then, Atlantic City -- with its beach and boardwalk -- teemed with year-round and vacationing Jews, but only...
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When a member of the Israeli Knesset tried to ram through legislation on conversion that would delegitimize non-Orthodox Jews, American Jewry rightly responded with a chorus of protest. Now that a woman has been arrested for carrying a Torah at the Western Wall, U.S. Jewry should respond with similar outrage. Both issues -- dubbed "Who is a Jew" and "Women...
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