Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

Two Israelis receive a poster-size greeting -- written in Hebrew -- from Paul Calesnick, a resident of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, during a recent performance by the roving Israeli Scouts Friendship Caravan, a young singing group comprised of 10 Israeli boys and girls.
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A crowd of supporters, a contingent of protesters and the ubiquitous curious onlooker swarmed around leading GOP contender Rudy Giuliani and his wife, Judith, as they arrived in South Philadelphia, then made their way through the crowd and up to the counter at Geno's Steaks. Giuliani reportedly ordered a "Whiz wit," a steak served with Cheese Whiz and onion fries...
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On the streets where Benjamin Franklin walked, James and Dolly Madison once lived, and George Washington may have slept, Colonial-era Jews also made their presence -- albeit a subtle one -- known. The cobblestone streets that William Penn designed between the Delaware and Schuykill rivers welcomed Jews as merchants, religious leaders and Revolutionary War supporters -- so much so that,...
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If all the world's a circle, include Philadelphia as a pit stop on the way to "Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses: The Synagogue to the Carousel," a new exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. The display conveys the story of a little-known aspect of American carousel history and its connection to Jewish visual culture, including the...
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People from Pennsylvania and Delaware who wish to make Israel their new home can now seek the help of Daniel Tuksar, who will be serving for two years as the official aliyah shaliach in Philadelphia on behalf of the Jewish Agency for Israel. A newlywed, Tuksar and his Israeli wife, Hila, moved here in August so he could take up...
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