Sunday, February 7, 2016 Shevat 28, 5776
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French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi once had an idea for a large sculpture to grace the entrance to the Suez Canal. His intent was to have a statue of an Egyptian peasant woman, her face covered with a veil, holding up a lit torch, with broken chains resting at her feet. It was to be called "Egypt Bringing Light to...
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For months, the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition, which represents Jewish federations across the state, has lobbied on behalf of a bill that would mandate the Keystone state to utilize its economic leverage to punish Iran and other nations, including Sudan, that have been labeled by the U.S. State Department as sponsors of terrorism. "Genocide and terrorism will not be tolerated by...
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Israel Consul General Uriel Palti struggled to make himself heard over the jazz band whose sounds -- brass blasts, smooth bass and crashing cymbals -- enveloped the ballroom at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia. With victory already apparent for Democrat Michael Nutter, supporters had begun crowding -- cramming, really -- into the room in anticipation of the hoopla of election-night...
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Mitch Albom, best-selling author, newspaper columnist and television commentator, essentially traveled back to the future on Oct. 24 when he served as keynote speaker for the 2007 Ambassadors Dinner hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. The dinner setting -- Federation's new Radnor Campus -- is the future home of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. Albom, a Philadelphia...
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Noah's Ark, made out of wood by Lawrence Freifeld and artist Julie Ratmansky from the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Northeast Philadelphia, is apparently sailing well in these waters. The 6-foot-high work of art and joint tzedakah project was designed as an educational project for the religious school. It recently traveled to the Sholom Arbor House, as seen here, and...
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