Saturday, May 30, 2015 Sivan 12, 5775

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Israel's ambassador to the United States has a lot on his plate these days, but one issue preoccupies him more than most: the Palestinian quest to gain statehood recognition at the United Nations. With just a month before a possible mid-September showdown, Ambassador Michael Oren said he is working on the issue daily, using diplomacy to try to head off...
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Ardmore native Becks Kolins has set up residence 80 feet above ground in the branches of a tree in West Virginia as part of a grass-roots campaign to prevent mining on the mountaintop area. Kolins, 21, took a break from environmental and gender studies classes at Skidmore College in January to pursue environmental activism in the southern coal fields of...
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Cardinal Justin Rigali's responsibilities extended far beyond the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia and it wasn't uncommon for him to fly to Vatican City twice in a month. So the fact that he attended many of the meetings of the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia -- which the cardinal helped launch in 2006 -- spoke volumes about his commitment to...
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When William Jaird Levitt first established Levittown, Pa., in the 1950s, he set aside land to house schools, churches and synagogues. More than five decades later, the only remaining Jewish house of worship in the planned community is poised to close its doors. Temple Shalom recently signed an agreement of sale with Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization...
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Once a month for the last 53 years, Elkins Park resident Jerry Older joined fellow members of the Judaic Lodge to share a meal, play a round of poker and discuss which charities to support. Like so many other Jewish organizations, however, lodge membership ranks thinned dramatically over the years. Trustees began anticipating the end about 15 years ago, said...
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