Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774

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Officials at Gratz College hoped that screening a film about a teen girl's struggle to reconcile her homosexuality with Judaism, while also challenging her high school to become a more welcoming place, might prompt some discussion and send a message that the Melrose Park campus is an open environment for Jews of diverse backgrounds. Five years ago, Shulamit Izen --...
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Ryan Teitman
Just weeks before the start of Passover, Jews from the Conservative movement got a vivid reminder of their ancestors' many trials and tribulations as they perused a number of ancient treasures -- among them royal diadems and golden statuettes -- culled from an empire that had kept the Jewish people in bondage. On Sunday at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia,...
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Headlines about Darfur offer only a cursory understanding of the brutal genocide there. For 72-year-old pediatrician Jerry Ehrlich, however, stories of black villagers being tortured at the hands of Arab militias have proven all too real: Those victims were once his patients. Ehrlich, of Cherry Hill, who grew up an Orthodox Jew in northern New Jersey, spent the summer of...
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U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-District 7) is facing heavy criticism from some members of the Jewish community for his decision to speak at an event organized by a well-known Muslim advocacy group that critics claim has offered fierce rebukes of Israel and, at least in principle, supports Islamic extremism. CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, has 32 offices around...
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Grinning widely, Michael Levin steps out of line and walks toward an Israel Defense Force soldier, proudly accepting his formal induction into the army. Minutes later, the large movie screen shows a still photo of Levin in black and green face paint, just hours before he was killed during the summer war with Hezbollah in Lebanon. The 22-year-old native of...
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