Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

By:
Shai Franklin
Durban II has concluded, and nearly everyone has gone home. Next month, however, brings an event far more significant and substantive than any racism-review document or yet another outrageous speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The United States will formally join the United Nations Human Rights Council. Unlike the one-shot Durban Review Conference known as Durban II, the Human Rights...
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By:
Sara Esther Crispa, JE Feature
There we were, sitting in our home office and talking, when suddenly, my husband shot up and bolted out the back door. As I followed him, I heard him scream that some kid had just stolen our 4-year-old daughter's bicycle, which she had received as a birthday gift. As my husband bolted after this kid and his two friends, the...
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The passing of Rabbi Gerald I. Wolpe, who died this week at the age of 81, marks the end of an era for Philadelphia Jewry. His legacy extends well beyond Har Zion Temple, the influential congregation where he served as the much-beloved religious leader for 30 years. Though he stepped down from his pulpit a decade ago, he continued to...
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Does World Need Another Holocaust Memorial? As per your April 23 cover story, "Monument to the Six Million," about a possible Holocaust memorial being built in Atlantic City, I would venture to say there is one in every large city throughout the United States, plus the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. However, Rabbi Gordon Geller, religious leader of...
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By:
Rabbi Joshua Elkin
Matthew Maryles, a veteran board leader of a prominent Jewish day school in the New York area, once said that such an education is so fundamentally important to the community's future that its funding must be seen as a multi-generational responsibility. Luckily, large-scale investment in Jewish day schools is not a new thing for Philadelphia. In addition to ongoing support...
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