Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Shevat 8, 5775
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has named Ira M. Schwartz, currently provost at Temple University, as its next president and CEO. On July 1, the 61-year-old will succeed current president Harold S. Goldman, 64, who has served as Federation's professional leader since 2000. "It's pretty big shoes to fill," replied Schwartz, of Newtown Square. "I think Harold has built...
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When Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, and began opening up the country to permit more individual freedoms, Sofiya Gutman - a teacher who'd worked as a writer for the Soviet daily newspaper, Pravda - took it as an opportunity to help Jews around the country organize. In 1986, she developed the Jewish cultural...
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Invoking the Holocaust-related phrase "Never Again," Jewish groups across the region and throughout the country will head to Washington on April 30 to call attention to the ongoing genocide in Sudan. "The entire world has a mandate to stop genocide," proclaimed Ruth W. Messinger, president and executive director of American Jewish World Service, which, along with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial...
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Like many typical ninth-graders, Sam Stern and Alan Hersch relished the chance to ride roller-coasters like Superman Ultimate Flight, Kingda Ka and Nitro while on a day trip to the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park. But the Orthodox teens - dressed in white button-down shirts, black pants and yarmulkes - found themselves riding one coaster again and again: Batman...
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Over the course of the past year, anti-Semitic incidents in eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware increased by 26 percent, according to a report released this month by the Anti-Defamation League. The regional increase - from a total of 69 reported anti-Semitic incidents in 2004 to 87 in 2005 - contrasted with national figures, which saw a decline from the nine-year high...
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