Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
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On a recent summer day, Rabbi Shloime Isaacson received an urgent call: A 98-year-woman was having difficulty breathing. Isaacson was on his way to a meeting with a potential donor for a summer-camp program connected with his Northeast Philadelphia Orthodox shul, but he quickly took a detour. He was only about a mile from the woman's home, so he sped...
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​Laura Goldman, JE Feature
Nine years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and seven years after his law firm launched its first lawsuit to hold Saudi Arabia accountable, Stephen Cozen is not giving up. But his attention has shifted, at least for now, from the courtroom to Congress to help advance the cause. At a recent hearing of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on a...
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For more than 70 years, the Jewish Labor Committee has had a presence in Philadelphia. But there's a real chance that the local office could close up shop before Labor Day of next year, according to the organization's leaders. While a number of long-term factors have contributed to the JLC's struggles -- chief among them the steady decline of the...
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Shir Ben-Gigi doesn't mind that the only thing most people seem to know about her hometown of Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev -- if they know anything at all -- is that it overlooks a giant crater. The 25-year-old offspring of Moroccan immigrants to Israel acknowledged that, apart from that natural wonder, there's really not much reason to go there...
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Dressed in a hijab, Sarah Shiha, a 22-year-old Egyptian who hopes to one day preach the Koran on the airwaves, declares a desire to study Torah. But before her recent visit to Philadelphia, she'd never even met a Jew. Now, after participating in a five-week seminar on democracy and religious pluralism for students from the Arab world that included several...
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