Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

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Since its publication 40 years ago, Portnoy's Complaint -- the salacious and perhaps still best-known work by literary icon Philip Roth -- has been hailed both as a breakthrough novel, and labeled as a demeaning portrait of certain women and slanderous to all Jews. But few have ever claimed it has homosexual undertones. Until now, that is. Could it actually...
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Sipping on a glass of red wine and working the room at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott in Center City, 37-year-old David Litvak introduced himself as the Jewish lawmaker from Utah. Indeed, the Democratic minority whip happens to be the only Jewish member of the Utah House of Representatives; needless to say, he's the only rep who keeps kosher. Litvak was...
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Gratz College, the 114-year-old institution that has trained generations of religious-school teachers, has announced that, after 11 years at the helm, Jonathan Rosenbaum will be leaving his post the end of the month. The departure comes at a time when a number of traditional Hebrew colleges, much like Gratz, are to be struggling, both financially and in terms of focusing...
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In his relatively short political career, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak has worked overtime to reach out to local Jews. Now, as the retired Navy admiral is set to challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Party's primary race for the U.S. Senate, Sestak acknowledges that he faces a tough task in broadening his support in the Jewish community. But that's...
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Hillel Kuttler , Jewish Exponent Feature
Three years ago, David Mink began volunteering at the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, helping to index its microfilmed collection of ledgers from the city's long-defunct Rosenbaum, Blitzstein, Lipschutz and Rosenbluth banks. The early 20th-century banks doubled as agencies to facilitate immigrants' money transfers to relatives in Europe to book ship passage here. A fellow volunteer eventually pointed out some interesting...
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