Sunday, July 5, 2015 Tammuz 18, 5775
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A prominent Palestinian came before the local Jewish community this week to make his case for a "federation" solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, was in Philadelphia to give a keynote speech at the signing of a charter that would expand a Middle Eastern dental school collaboration to an international "Alliance for Oral...
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's board of trustees has approved the distribution of some $20 million to fund a wide array of local and international programs and institutions. At its July 28 board meeting, Federation officials reported having $15.5 million available in unrestricted funds, some $806,000 fewer dollars than last year. At the same time, the amount of restricted...
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Jill Radwin, JE Feature
For Rabbi Nathan Martin, biking and Judaism go hand in hand. Martin recalls nearly a decade ago stopping at a nearby synagogue in his bike gear to recite the Hallel prayer for Sukkot. He and fellow bikers had pedaled to the shul, lulavs and etrogs in tow. For someone so tied to his bike and his religion, it's no surprise...
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The Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia officially closed its doors on July 29, marking the end of an era. The building first opened as a Jewish education center in 1928. According to officials with the Klein JCC, which oversaw the facility, many of the 450 seniors who attended the center have already begun going to three nearby facilities. Klein...
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Jessica Endy, JE Feature
Would a billboard with the line "Sun, Sand and Shiksas" offend or engage Jews? The question arose during advertising development for the new "Philly, What's your ISH?" project, a social-media campaign launched last week to give 18- to 35-year-old Jews in the Philadelphia area a way to explore virtually what being Jewish means to them. According to a focus group...
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