Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Av 20, 5775
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As the girls' lacrosse team from the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy competed for a league championship last week, the players on the field looked like a well-seasoned group of athletes putting on a scrappy performance that nearly won them the title. In reality, this group, like the school's program, was completing only its second season. Three years ago, many...
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Philadelphians hoping for a Jewish mayor or member of City Council are pretty much out of luck, given the results of Tuesday's primary election. Republican John Featherman, who is Jewish, is locked in a standoff with Karen Brown, the choice of the GOP establishment. Fewer than 60 votes separate the two and not all the votes have been tallied. The...
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Last year, the Friends of the Israel Defense Force raised more than $60 million nationwide, but those dollars didn't go toward the purchase of guns, uniforms or tanks. Instead, the 30-year-old organization allocates funds for a series of programs that directly benefit soldiers. Its tagline reads: "Their job is to look after Israel, ours is to look after them." The...
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As much as Annette Robinson longed for a college degree, her health somehow got in the way. The Huntingdon Valley grandmother halted her studies again and again -- first for breast cancer, then residual effects of childhood polio, a fractured hip and Stage 3 ovarian cancer. In the end, even all those maladies didn't stop her from reaching her goal...
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The term "Israel advocacy" gets tossed around a lot, but what does it really mean? With efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state showing no signs of letting up, many in the Jewish community are re-examining the goals of Israel advocacy, reassessing what tactics work best, and analyzing whether the effort should primarily be geared toward Jews or non-Jewish influentials. The...
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