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Rabbi Linda Holtzman's voice quavered noticeably as she read the names of the 146 individuals -- the victims were largely Jewish and Italian women -- who perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York on March 25, 1911. A day shy of a century later, more than 200 people recited the Kaddish prayer in their memory, albeit with a...
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About this time last year, 21-year-old Sarah Zolkower stood before more than 30 fellow undergraduates at St. Joseph's University, maneuvering action figures through red Jell-O to re-enact the story of Moses parting the Red Sea. Nontraditional -- yes. But it was Zolkower's way or no Passover seder at all on her Catholic campus. But that changed this year. On Sunday,...
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Jerusalem's deputy mayor, Naomi Tsur, is on a mission to create a green link between her city and Philadelphia. As the head of sustainability in the office of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Tsur doesn't deal with security, politics or religious tensions. Instead, her portfolio focuses on issues such as climate change, recycling and planning for a healthier, environmentally sound future...
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As revolutionary fervor has swept the Arab world from Tunisia to Bahrain -- and engulfed Libya in one of the bloodiest conflicts -- the Jewish state has tred a delicate line between embracing democracy in theory and worrying about what Arab democracy might look like in practice. "We're watching with awe on one hand, with caution on the other; but...
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At a time when the Jewish philanthropic world constantly bemoans the lack of young donors, 40-year-old Shira Goodman is busy helping her sons select the charity to which they'll designate a portion of their allowance. Brian Levine, a 32-year-old funeral-home co-owner, is getting ready to serve a massive community Passover seder funded heavily by the nonprofit Passover League. And in...
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