Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

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For more than 70 years, the Jewish Labor Committee has had a presence in Philadelphia. But there's a real chance that the local office could close up shop before Labor Day of next year, according to the organization's leaders. While a number of long-term factors have contributed to the JLC's struggles -- chief among them the steady decline of the...
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As the national focus intensifies on the Pennsylvania Senate race -- a polarizing and bare-knuckle contest that many are calling a bellwether for the national mood -- several groups are continuing to hammer U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic hopeful, over his record on Israel. For his part, Sestak has ceaselessly pressed his case in local Jewish circles. More than...
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Shir Ben-Gigi doesn't mind that the only thing most people seem to know about her hometown of Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev -- if they know anything at all -- is that it overlooks a giant crater. The 25-year-old offspring of Moroccan immigrants to Israel acknowledged that, apart from that natural wonder, there's really not much reason to go there...
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Dressed in a hijab, Sarah Shiha, a 22-year-old Egyptian who hopes to one day preach the Koran on the airwaves, declares a desire to study Torah. But before her recent visit to Philadelphia, she'd never even met a Jew. Now, after participating in a five-week seminar on democracy and religious pluralism for students from the Arab world that included several...
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July 31 will mark perhaps the highest-profile interfaith marriage in the country, as former first-daughter Chelsea Clinton ties the knot with Philadelphia native Marc Mezvinsky. The couple has not revealed how they will incorporate religion into their wedding or lives, leaving the blogosphere rife with speculation. Will they have a chupah? Will Clinton, who was baptized as a United Methodist...
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