Sunday, August 2, 2015 Av 17, 5775
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A former lay leader of the Vaad: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia is working on a part-time, interim basis to help restart the organization that essentially shut down this summer after the previous executive director, Rabbi David Gutterman, left his position there. Rabbi Robert Layman took up the post last month of interim executive director, at the offices...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Adam Cooper has been to Israel four times, with three of those visits taking place in the past two years. But it was his most recent stay, in early November, that still resonates with the 32-year-old Center City resident, an emergency physician at the Philadelphia V.A. Medical Center. From Nov. 8 to Nov. 13, more than a dozen U.S. doctors...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
If it were a TV show, it might be called Extreme Makeover: Synagogue Edition . Society Hill Synagogue will soon begin repairs and renovations to its historic home, thanks to an $80,000 matching grant from the Philadelphia Regional Fund for Sacred Places, a division of Partners for Sacred Places, a nonprofit established in 1989 that provides assistance to congregations occupying...
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Roughly 300 people demonstrated Dec. 30 outside the Center City building that houses the Consul General of Philadelphia, waving Palestinian flags, carrying signs such as "Zionism is Terrorism," and chanting "free, free Palestine" and "end the occupation now." The rally followed a smaller one a day earlier meant to protest Israel's military strikes in Gaza. A group known as the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Relations between Germany's Catholics and Jews have seen real progress over the past few decades, a German reverend and theological scholar said last month to a Philadelphia audience. Much of that progress had to do with the groundbreaking work of Pope John Paul II, whose papacy was dedicated to undoing some of the anti-Jewish rhetoric that was long embedded in...
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