Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

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For months now, outspoken anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son was killed in the line of duty in Baghdad, has blamed the American government and its policies in Iraq for her loss. At an event where she was honored by the Philadelphia-based Shalom Center, the California woman - best known for pitching camp outside President George W. Bush's Texas...
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A New Jersey congregation looking to move across the Delaware River to the Bucks County community of Langhorne has encountered some stiff opposition from residents. The reason is a familiar one: Homeowners contend that the new synagogue will increase the traffic volume in their quiet neighborhood. Congregation Brothers of Israel, a 123-year-old Conservative shul in Trenton, N.J., wants to follow...
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Kol Ami's long-standing legal battle with Abington Township may finally be drawing to a close. On Jan. 18, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Stengel heard oral arguments in a dispute that stems back to 1999, when the Reform congregation purchased an 11-acre site in Meadowbrook, hoping to make it its permanent home. In 2001, following a community backlash, the township...
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March 2, 1944. On a relatively slow news day for war time, the front page of The New York Times contained stories about the Allied army holding off the Germans in Italy and the Soviet army taking back territories once captured by the Third Reich. On the next couple of pages, articles highlighted West Point's undefeated basketball season and falling...
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At the Jewish Children's Folkshul in Germantown - a stalwart of secular Jewish culture - the hands kept being raised and the questions kept being asked of Rabbi Binyamin Biber. No matter the religious depth of the query, this is one rabbi who won't invoke the divine; the 44-year-old was ordained in 2001 by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic...
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