Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775

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Avi Behar
Avi Behar , a 23-year-old lieutenant from Cherry Hill, N.J., was deployed to command a convoy mission in western Afghanistan last August, just a month before the Jewish new year. Since he was profiled in the Jewish Exponent, the young officer has shared occasional letters about his experiences. In the following passage, which has been edited for brevity and clarity,...
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New company wants people to feel good about eating meat
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Phyllis Berman never had any qualms about eating meat when she was growing up, as long as it was kosher. That changed in recent years as the Mount Airy resident learned that animals killed for kosher meat, while slaughtered according to ancient traditions, most likely were raised in just as dirty, cramped and unnatural conditions as those used for conventional...
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Amid declining enrollment, Gratz College plans to discontinue its two-year Florence Melton Adult Mini-School program at the end of this year, college officials announced last week. Since Melton started 12 years ago, 566 students have completed the curriculum. But the number of first-year students who committed to the program has declined dramatically from an average of 53 to 15 this...
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For the past eight years, Pennsylvania has had a Jewish governor and a Jewish senator -- a scenario that never happened before and may never come again. With U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, 80, having delivered his final floor speech and Gov. Ed Rendell, 66, marking the end of his two terms with a Jan. 2 party featuring the Beach Boys,...
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They've dreamed of bringing Jews together over campus greening projects, providing community health services and hosting introspective Shabbat retreats at a summer shore house. Now, they get to do more than just imagine. Over the next five months, the 11 innovators selected for the inaugural class of the Tribe 12 "Social Entrepreneur Fellowship" will learn how to turn their ideas...
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