Monday, March 2, 2015 AdarI 11, 5775
For the first time in more than a century of existence, the Vaad: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia has elected a woman to lead the organization. Rabbi Elisa Goldberg, formerly the board's vice president, has already begun her two-year term, taking over from Rabbi Jay Stein of Har Zion Temple. Goldberg, a Reconstructionist rabbi, is the director of...
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The first meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Israel Action Coalition passed without a hitch, bringing together activists from across the political spectrum. Some 120 local activists came to the June 7 meeting, representing a true cross-section of the community that included rabbis of different streams as well as members of both J Street and the Zionist Organization...
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Standing with his arms crossed, Zion Bakshi gazed at a collage of photos and clippings harkening back to his life as a wrestling champion. Back then, more than 50 years ago, wrestling in Israel didn't pay the bills, so he traded in his beloved sport to study engineering in Philadelphia. But the 75-year-old Center City resident still mulls over his...
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The Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia may be slated to close, but that's not stopping a group calling itself Save Our Stiffel from trying to raise enough money to keep the place open. "Everybody thinks it's a done deal," lamented Laurel Katz, the South Philadelphia resident organizing the group of about 30 volunteers and supporters of the center. But...
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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu less than two weeks after the premier -- and many in the pro-Israel community -- vociferously objected to President Barack Obama's call to base Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the 1967 borders, with mutually agreed upon land swaps. But speaking with reporters last week, a day after returning from Israel,...
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