Saturday, November 22, 2014 Heshvan 29, 5775
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When 29-year-old Leora Eisenstadt was a law student in New York City, she often attended Friday-night services at several chavurah groups and minyans that met at different spots throughout Manhattan. When Eisenstadt, a native of White Plains, N.Y., moved to Center City last year to start a job, she decided that she wanted to find the same sort of experience...
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THE INCUMBENT What are the differences between you and your opponent when it comes to Israel and American policy in the Middle East? I think there's a huge gap in the depth of understanding in all of the issues around the region. Casey doesn't understand the issues, he doesn't understand the interrelationship between the different forces in the Middle East...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
For many Jews, secularism is a threat to Jewish continuity, a force that will drive religiosity from Jewish culture and peoplehood. But, according to University of Pennsylvania professor Marion Kant, who teaches a course on the subject with her husband and fellow Penn professor, Jonathan Steinberg, such formulations are overly simplistic. As the scholars demonstrate in their course, Jewish secularism...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
In a rural Ugandan outpost, black women bake challah over a charcoal stove. The men, most of whom are subsistence farmers, have names like Jacob, Isaiah or Solomon. There is no electricity here, but five synagogues dot the surrounding hills, drawing crowds of kepah-toting locals on Shabbat. Though scenes like these, as described by Philadelphia photojournalist Jay Sand, read like...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While most Jews celebrated last Passover sitting at a familiar spot at their family tables, Yael Levin spent the holiday in a far more exotic locale -- with a group of Jews in Ahmedabad, India. She visited the area for three weeks as a volunteer from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, an organization that sponsors relief programs for Jews...
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