Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

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Once a month for the last 53 years, Elkins Park resident Jerry Older joined fellow members of the Judaic Lodge to share a meal, play a round of poker and discuss which charities to support. Like so many other Jewish organizations, however, lodge membership ranks thinned dramatically over the years. Trustees began anticipating the end about 15 years ago, said...
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When William Jaird Levitt first established Levittown, Pa., in the 1950s, he set aside land to house schools, churches and synagogues. More than five decades later, the only remaining Jewish house of worship in the planned community is poised to close its doors. Temple Shalom recently signed an agreement of sale with Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization...
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Cardinal Justin Rigali's responsibilities extended far beyond the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia and it wasn't uncommon for him to fly to Vatican City twice in a month. So the fact that he attended many of the meetings of the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia -- which the cardinal helped launch in 2006 -- spoke volumes about his commitment to...
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All Philadelphia-area members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed onto a non-binding resolution last week that threatens to curtail U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority if the authority goes through with plans to pursue Palestinian statehood through the United Nations. The resolution stated that Palestinian efforts to achieve statehood unilaterally "will harm United States-Palestinian relations and will have serious...
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For nearly eight years, Ilana Krop Wilensik served as the executive director of the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey chapter of the American Jewish Committee. AJC is a 105 year-old organization focused on influencing policy and advocacy on Jewish issues. Last week, the Blue Bell resident stepped down from the post to become the new director of the Barn at Spring Brook...
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