Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
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As the economy worsens and the demand for social services increases, the faith-based community -- more than any other -- is providing the safety net and social services for people in need, according to local academic Ram Cnaan. Still, questions remain over the constitutionality and practicality of federal funding for such decidedly effective religious institutions. The sticking point remains whether...
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After several months of intense negotiations that until the past week had been known to just a few insiders, the executive committee of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School reversed course and nixed what had appeared to be a done deal to close its eight-year-old Robert Saligman Middle School. The executive committees at both Perelman and the Jack...
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
Astronaut Garrett E. Reisman -- the first Jewish crew member of the International Space Station -- says that his most mystical moment in space came when he first saw the earth's atmosphere. "My religious moment wasn't seeing the earth from space, although that was incredible," said the 41-year-old native of Morristown, N.J. "It was seeing the thin blue atmosphere that...
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The weeks following the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip may seem like a particularly inauspicious time to start up an organization devoted to advancing the cause of peace in the Middle East. However, a group of University of Pennsylvania students -- both Jewish and Arab -- feel that there may be no better time to give...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Effective March 1, the Glendale Uptown Home will become a nonkosher facility, leaving Philadelphia proper without a certified glatt-kosher nursing home. While the facility has not technically been a Jewish home since it was sold in 2006, a large number of its residents are Jewish, and it has long been associated with Philadelphia's Jewish community. Executive director Ed Harding recently...
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