Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774

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Last year, the Friends of the Israel Defense Force raised more than $60 million nationwide, but those dollars didn't go toward the purchase of guns, uniforms or tanks. Instead, the 30-year-old organization allocates funds for a series of programs that directly benefit soldiers. Its tagline reads: "Their job is to look after Israel, ours is to look after them." The...
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Seventeen years after the creation of his Shoah Foundation, Steven Spielberg says he never thought his project to record the stories of survivors would have such a profound impact. "I never even imagined I would get Holocaust survivors to share their experiences that they wouldn't even share with their children and grandchildren," the renowned director told the Exponent in a...
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Is it really surprising that Cantor David F. Tilman of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, long known for his lilt of a lyric baritone, once had a tryout at the New York Met? Yet he wasn't performing alongside Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and that other tenor; more like Ron Swoboda, Ed Kranepool and "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry. "I played right...
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The closing of the Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia seems nearly to a done deal, but some of the seniors who think of the place as a second home are holding out hope for a miracle. During a May 6 community meeting attended by about 200 people, the septuagenarians and octogenarians offered boos when officials spoke about the closing,...
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Sde Boker, Israel Amer Sweity got a lot of flack when he told friends and family he was leaving Jordan to study water desalination at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He still remembers his parents' response: "You couldn't find a different place?" "Being here is like a big compromise -- one of the biggest compromises I have made in my...
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