Monday, January 26, 2015 Shevat 6, 5775

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With Israeli ground forces battling Hamas fighters in Gaza -- and as casualties there mount and rockets continue to fall on cities in southern Israel -- speculation has grown about just what course President-elect Barack Obama will take when he assumes power. Will he reaffirm Israel's right to self-defense or call for a cease-fire? Will he fully immerse himself in...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When the fighting erupted between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Rabbi David Straus found himself in a quandary: how to deal with leading a group of more than 80 congregants on a trip through the Jewish state while the country was at war. Straus and his contingent from Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood were one of several...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Adam Cooper has been to Israel four times, with three of those visits taking place in the past two years. But it was his most recent stay, in early November, that still resonates with the 32-year-old Center City resident, an emergency physician at the Philadelphia V.A. Medical Center. From Nov. 8 to Nov. 13, more than a dozen U.S. doctors...
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A former lay leader of the Vaad: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia is working on a part-time, interim basis to help restart the organization that essentially shut down this summer after the previous executive director, Rabbi David Gutterman, left his position there. Rabbi Robert Layman took up the post last month of interim executive director, at the offices...
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Children at Beth Tikvah-B'nai Jeshurun Preschool in Erdenheim celebrated Jewish Book Month on Dec. 10 by having stories read to them by area authors of children's books. Featured (from left) are Michelle Farbstein, bookfair chairperson; Dale Orman, author of The Mom Mom Book; and Dolores Goldich, author of I Saw an Ostrich in a Chair. BTBJ held its Jewish book...
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