Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Nisan 11, 5775

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A group of local rabbis is calling on Jews to observe a fast day in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. The group, part of a coalition of 60 rabbis around the country called Ta'anit Tzedek: Jewish Fast for Gaza, is advocating that Israel lift its three-year-old economic blockade, which it claims has resulted in "collective punishment" for Gaza's civilians due...
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A program that paints the city in a colorful light sees a milestone
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
If you left Philadelphia 25 years ago and haven't had a chance to return, you might not recognize it today. Rather than City Hall being the tallest building, with William Penn towering above, a host of skyscrapers jut into the air; to the south, Veterans Stadium has been replaced by a pair of newer sports facilities; and many street corners...
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Miriam Moody is working on her pronunciation of the consonant-laden word "Dnepropetrovsk" -- the name of Ukraine's third-largest city. Moody, who graduated in May from the University of Rochester and grew up in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, has reason to bone up on her Russian. Next week, the 22-year-old is set to leave for a year in the...
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Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., has been selected by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life for participation in its "Small and Mighty" program, which seeks out elite liberal-arts institutions where Jewish life is on the rise. Dickinson's Hillel -- the only one chosen in Pennsylvania -- was among seven schools picked for inclusion this year; the others are Amherst/Smith...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
David Shepard made his initial trip to Israel this summer, but what struck him most wasn't the history or the awe of being in the Jewish homeland for the first time. Rather, it was the schools he saw that made a lasting impression. Indeed, Shepard returned from the trip with a keener understanding of the problems facing educational institutions both...
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