Sunday, July 5, 2015 Tammuz 18, 5775
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Toba Spitzer thinks it's no big deal that she happens to be the first openly gay rabbi to head the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association -- or, for that matter, any major Jewish clerical association in the United States. After all, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College was the first to admit openly gay and lesbian students in 1984 and endorse the ordination of...
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It remains to be seen whether U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak's (D-District 7) decision to speak at an event hosted by a controversial Muslim group -- over the objections of some segments of the Jewish community -- will come back to haunt him. The freshman legislator's April 7 speech at the first gala dinner hosted by the Pennsylvania chapter of the...
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Domestic violence begins and ends with empowerment
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Cheryl Kravitz stayed with her husband for 18 years. She stayed with him after he hurled a lamp at her head. She stayed with him though he made her sleep on the kitchen floor. And she stayed with him despite the fact that he stuck her arms into a burning oven. Though she acknowledges today that she felt "terrified to...
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A woman holds a sign of protest near the Iranian mission to the United Nations in New York this past December to protest the concurrent Holocaust-denial conference in Tehran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamadinejad told participants that Israel will "soon disappear," as did the Soviet Union. This makes Philadelphia's annual memorial ceremony for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs -- Sunday, April...
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Jewish Children's Folkshul student Malachi Shapiro, age 5, helps load a cart of food to deliver to the Mitzvah Food Pantry at the JCC Kaiserman in Wynnewood. The folkshul, which meets Sundays at the Springside School in Chestnut Hill, has recently raised more than $1,200 for the hungry.
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