Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

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Aaron Passman
Some Jewish teachers in the Philadelphia School District are upset over the district's time-off policy as it pertains to Passover. The week of Monday, March 29 to Friday, April 2 was originally scheduled to be spring break, however Monday and Tuesday -- the start of Pesach -- were added back on the school calendar to partially make up for the...
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Daphna Berman, Jewish Exponent Feature
At the beginning, it didn't seem like Haim Maor and Khader Oshah had much in common. Although both are artists, Maor is a professor at Ben-Gurion University and his work, which explores Holocaust themes, has been on display across the United States and Europe. Oshah, meanwhile, was born in a refugee camp in Gaza, and now lives with his wife...
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Aaron Passman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Those who knew him well marveled at how Natan Luehrmann-Cowen always loved his synagogue. His family was a mainstay at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, where the boy was involved in junior choir and regularly volunteered to help his religious-school teachers, even after he'd completed his Sunday-school education. His father, Ben Cowen, is the synagogue's treasurer, and was in...
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Two months after accepting an endorsement from J Street's political action committee, a local Democratic congressional candidate is disassociating himself from the upstart lobbying group. Doug Pike -- a former editorial writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer who is now seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6) -- asked J Street officials this week to remove him from its...
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Aaron Passman
Hillel of Greater Philadelphia has adopted a new set of rules to help determine which speakers and programs will and will not receive official support -- in other words, who's kosher and who's not. The development comes after several months of heated rhetoric on Philadelphia campuses. These incidents include a fracas in November over the choice of speakers at Temple...
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