Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775

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In the latest controversial intersection between Middle East politics and American campus life, the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a Virginia-based educational research foundation, withdrew its $1.5 million offer to fund an endowed chair at Temple University after not receiving an answer from the school for more than six months. What this means depends on whom you ask. Some consider...
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A cross section of the city's Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders gathered Jan. 3 in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where they offered prayers in English, Hebrew and Arabic, not for world peace but for something much closer to home: a reduction in the violent crime that has gripped this city for...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The day-to-day work of an Israel Defense Force soldier can be fraught with danger. And while organizations here and abroad can't do all that much to resolve the dangerous part, they are hoping to ensure that, at the very least, the soldiers can stay warm while doing their jobs this winter. One Israel Fund, based in Hewlett, N.Y., has teamed...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
For more than 100 years -- and for countless generations of young Philadelphians -- Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse in East Fairmount Park has embodied the dictionary definition of what a playground should be: a place for kids to enjoy themselves without restraint. The play space is tucked away on a tree-lined patch of 6.5 acres within the park, just...
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Starting this month, the Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Studies is offering a new opportunity for young Jews to learn about their religion, its history and traditions, and the Hebrew language. The Etz Chaim Hebrew School will be offered at the center's Elkins Park location on High School Road. The school is geared mainly for children ages 6 through 13,...
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